Thomas Vermaelen says the team are ‘excited’ by tomorrow night’s trip to freezing cold Italy to play AC Milan at the San Siro.
The Gunner have had two magnificent results in the great Italian stadium in recent years. That 5-1 v Inter Milan and the 2-0 victory in the 2007-8 season in which Cesc and Emmanuel Adebayor scored the goals.
Of that team only two are in tomorrow’s squad. Bacary Sagna started and Theo Walcott was a 71st minute change for Emmanuel Eboue, while Robin van Persie was an unused sub.
So for the majority it will be a new experience but the Belgian defender is looking forward to what promises to be a cracking game.
“We are all really excited,” Vermaelen told the official site. “It is a big game – an important one too – so it’s a good one to look forward to. For everybody it will be special so it will be a great evening.
“Of course they have a great history and they have won it a few times. They still have some good players and they are a solid team. They are also doing well in Serie A.
“It won’t be easy but I am confident that we can qualify.
“The San Siro is a great stadium of course and it will be a great evening. I think it is probably the best game of the round and a lot of people will be watching.”
Meanwhile, former Sp*rs cunny and midfielder Kevin The Artist Formerly Known As Prince Boateng says that his current side will come out on top tomorrow night because Arsenal don’t know what to do.
“I’m not scared of Arsenal. The problem with Arsenal is one day they play amazing football and then they play really badly.
“In the end they don’t have balance. They either play unbelievable football or they don’t know what they’re doing.
“There’s always something missing at Arsenal.”
A bit like the league trophy from Sp*rs cabinet, you giant headed gimp.