Arsenal Are Still Top European Club - Former Gunner's Warning For AC Milan

Not only is he the Premier League's longest-serving manager, but right across England's professional game. They are solid, organised and playing like a team capable of challenging heavyweights Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund for the Europa League trophy.

Manchester City followed up a 3-0 EFL Cup final victory over Arsenal at Wembley nine days ago with an emphatic Premier League triumph by the same scoreline at Emirates Stadium last Thursday.

Were Chelsea to finish in their current position come the end of the season - they are fifth as things stand, five points behind Spurs - they would have to win the Champions League to qualify for the competition next term. The Europa League holds a huge opportunity, with the victors of the competition being rewarded with a coveted Champions League place.

Remember the way they celebrated finishing fourth at the end of the 2013 season after they edged past Newcastle United away from home?

The Merseyside club spent upwards of £200 million on new players in the summer transfer window last season, signing the likes of Wayne Rooney, Davy Klaassen, and Gylfi Sigurdsson, but the influx of new signings saw the club struggle early on in the season.

Meanwhile, Gattuso's appointment at Milan is certainly something Arsenal should take note of.

But Thierry Henry is not under consideration for the job, despite indicating he would be prepared to take it. This should also be a high scoring game since Arsenal don't know how to defend so the over 2.5 goals bet makes sense.

The results will be presented to Ivan Gazidis when the Arsenal chief executive hosts one of his regular fans' forum ahead of the match against Watford on Sunday.

Asked by British reporters if he is the man to improve Arsenal after the defeat to Brighton, Wenger replied, "Yes, because I have done it before". Was he too busy or indifferent to what happens on the pitch? What happens out there will tell us what we can do. It is also dependent on Chelsea, who would have to do Wenger's side a massive favour.

Arsenal and Wenger need a result against Milan and will have Hector Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck fresh after they were rested against Brighton, per Olley.

Arsenal fans complain about Wenger but most of that is them being spoiled and not appreciating what they are as a club.

"But Milan have not played a game like this in Europe for years, and we want to enjoy the moment and raise the bar a bit".

  • Steve Townsend