AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso says he believes his team can cause Arsenal problems, but says they’ll have to be aware of the attacking quality the Gunners possess.
The 40 year is preparing for the visit of Arsene Wenger’s side in the first leg Round of 16 Europa League tie tomorrow, and wants his players to be remember that despite the current slump in results they should take nothing for granted.
Asked if he felt his experience as a player in many big games would help him prepare his team, he said, “The worry is how to stop Arsenal scoring. When I go to bed I dream of Ozil and Wenger, not about my playing days.
“That’s in the past, this is something different and you can’t compare it. Arsenal are struggling but they have great champions and they’ve scored 18 goals in the Europa League.
“We have huge respect for them, and we need to put in a great performance.”
Gattuso has been in charge of I Rossoneri since November, and played down any comparisons between him and the Arsenal manager.
“It’s not a challenge with him, because in that regard it’s not a contest,” he said.
“He’s won so much in his career, he’s been managing the same club for 21-22 years. My path is still very long.
“I’ve been through games like this as a player, everything is different now. Compared to Wenger I’m in the children’s team, I’m just starting and he’s been coaching for 30 years.“
“Arsenal are a technical team that doesn’t like defensive transitions. We’ll have to do well not to suffer from what they do, and then make them run when we have the ball.”
Arsene Wenger will meet the press this evening at 6pm GMT and this story is really just an excuse for us to play this video again.