Arsenal stars look sharp in training ahead of crucial AC Milan showdown

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"On my side nothing has changed", Wenger shrugged.

"I can not say anything more because there is nothing to say about it and I do not want to offend Arsene, whom I adore and for whom I have a lot of respect".

Aaron Ramsey, who scored the second in last week's meeting, says maintaining those results will be key to winning back the supporters that were absent from a sparse Emirates Stadium in the weekend win over Watford.

Wenger acknowledged that empty seats were a concern.

Qualifying for next season's Champions League is essential to Wenger's hopes of extending his 22-year reign and, with their domestic form so patchy this year, winning the Europa League is their only realistic way of achieving that goal.

Last week's 2-0 first-leg win over AC Milan in the last-16 stage of UEFA's secondary competition gave Wenger some breathing space, as did the 3-0 home win over Watford in the Premier League, but former Arsenal forward Nicholas claims that the Frenchman is living on borrowed time. "This game is very important for us and our season".

Although Mkhitaryan struggled to convince Mourinho of his worth, he was still a valuable contributor to their Europa League success last season.


Viera is now the head coach of Major League Soccer club New York City FC since 2016 and has been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal at the end of the season.

The Gunners go into the tie with a commanding 2-0 lead from the first leg after a dominant performance at the San Siro.

However, Wenger says Lacazette took part in a full session outside today at London Colney and will be available again after the upcoming worldwide break.

Alexandre Lacazette will miss the match following knee surgery, but is expected return to action following the global break.

"We saw how good [Milan] are and we can't take our foot off the gas", Ramsey said.

The absence of Aubameyang places extra pressure on Mkhitaryan and judging by his initial impact in an Arsenal shirt he will be up to the task.

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