AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf is wary of the threat posed by Arsenal, despite the Gunners entering their latest Champions League clash having not won silverware since 2005.
Perhaps it is little wonder, the Dutch midfielder, who seems to have been playing top level football since the 19th century, not only tasted defeat at the hands of Arsene Wenger’s side four years ago, but also had to endure the ignominy of losing to Spurs this time last year.
Speaking to the BBC about Wednesday night’s first leg at the San Siro, the 35-year-old spoke warmly about the Gunners while making clear that the reigning Serie A champions would respect their English opponents, but not fear them.
“They are a strong all-round side and they always play good football,” said the five-time Champions League winner.
Touching on the form of Van Persie, the ex-Real, Ajax, Sampdoria and Internazionale player continued:
“Van Persie is finally exploding and I am very happy for him, but we know what we are going to have to deal with and we are ready. It is going to be a tough game – Arsenal have always changed important players a lot over the last six or seven years and have still managed to perform well. They haven’t won trophies but they are still a dangerous team.
“I don’t like to talk about fear in sport, in general. I think you need to respect your opponent but if you prepare the way you should so you can perform at your best then it is down to you.”
Arsenal have meanwhile confirmed that the Gunners will wear yellow at the San Siro, using last year’s away strip as a registered third kit. Kit aficionados will no doubt be on the lookout for whether the 125th anniversary crest has been added and if Wenger’s men will be allowed to sport ‘Fly Emirates’ as the sponsor given their opponents have the same branding.