AC Milan Vs. Arsenal, 2012 Champions League: Milan Still On Top

After a corner, Arsenal are finally able to settle down a bit, keeping possession for long enough to draw a loud chorus of whistles from the home fans. However, they don't look especially threatening with the ball, and their eventual push through the centre is easily cleared up by Thiago Silva, who launches a counterattack.

The condition of the flanks is causing play to become congested in the centre, which is obviously something that Milan will be happy with, but it's not entirely favouring the home side. Both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Urby Emanuelson have lost possession thanks to odd bobbles while playing wide so far, but on balance you'd have to imaging that that's a small price to pay for keeping the Arsenal wide threat at bay.

Milan are still putting plenty of pressure on the back line, with Robinho trying his luck with passes to Ibrahimovic (offside) and Antonio Nocerino (overhit) that would have caused real problems had they connected. Arsenal are not defending well, and they're going to have to force their hosts to answer some questions of their own soon. If not, a second goal seems almost inevitable.

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