Wenger excited by tough draw

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is excited by the prospect of facing AC Milan in the Champions League round of 16.


The Gunners were drawn one of the most difficult opponents in the pot of group runners-up, but Wenger was upbeat about the tie.


However, the Emirates Stadium chief acknowledged the difficulty of the task and said that anyone could win it.


“It is a difficult draw but an exciting one. And they could say exactly the same thing I suppose. It is a 50:50,” he told the official club website.


“Let’s make sure we continue to improve until February. Then we can take our chance with full power and belief.”


The last time Arsenal travelled to Milan was at the exact same stage in the 2007/08 season and ran out 2-0 winners.


Wenger spoke fondly of that but iterated the importance of concentrating on the game ahead rather than reminiscing.


“Yes, we have good memories at San Siro. As I say it is an interesting draw. Ideally, it is a draw for one round later but you take them when they happen,” he added.


“There is not much more to say really – everybody knows Milan, everybody knows Arsenal.


“We have been in the Champions League for many years and both sides play positive football.”


Despite his admission that this tie will be no easy task for his improving side, he was in confident mood regarding his teams chances.


“We have been up to the task every time in this competition so let’s make sure we are again,” he concluded.


Arsenal secretary David Miles was at the draw ceremony and admitted the Gunners would probably have preferred an easier tie.


This did not stop him talking the tie up though, saying it was probably the most attractive match up of the round.


“I would suggest that's probably the pick of the round. It's a fantastic two games," he told Sky Sports News.

“If I'm being honest there are probably some other teams that we may have preferred.


“It's going to be tough. Everyone's earned the right to get to this stage, but nevertheless we're confident and it's going to be two great games.”


The first leg will be played in Milan at San Siro on Wednesday February 15 and the return leg at Emirates Stadium will take place on Tuesday March 6.

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