Arsenal Vs. AC Milan, 2012 UEFA Champions League Draw: The Best Of The Bunch?

Arsenal hasn't had the best luck with UEFA Champions League knockout stage draws. They have another tough one this season, and they'll probably be seriously tested against AC Milan. This was only possible thanks to Milan getting drawn into a group with Barcelona, where they were unable to capture first place.

Arsenal vs. AC Milan

Key player

Robin van Persie - Too obvious? Too bad. Robin van Persie is probably the most in-form player in the world at the moment. For years, people have wondered how good he would be if he could stay healthy for more than five games at a time. Do you have your answer? RVP has 19 goals in all competitions so far this season.

Matchup to watch

Theo Walcott vs. Whoever he plays against - Theo Walcott's been featuring as a regular right winger for most of his career. He's probably at his best on the left, cutting in. He's okay at cutting in from the right side as well. His terrible crossing and questionable decisions are infuriating, but he still makes about five good chances every game. He's incredibly dangerous, even if he has an occasional game where he misses 12 sitters.

Prediction

Arsenal go through by one goal - Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in excellent form, the AC Milan back line looks good, and they're always going to keep their midfield shape well. Unfortunately, the same problems that plagued them against Tottenham last season still exist. They don't have much width and they don't defend teams with great width particularly well. With Pato out of form and Antonio Cassano dealing with health problems, they're just missing a little something up top. They don't have the same steel without Gennaro Gattuso. They don't keep the ball the same way without Andrea Pirlo.

Milan are in good form in Serie A, their defense will keep them in games and Ibrahimovic is brilliant, but Milan are just missing that little something. In the unlikely event that Pato is back on form while Cassano and Gattuso are both back to full fitness, this prediction probably changes.

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