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Arsenal vs AC Milan betting tips: Back Arsenal to cruise through to the last-eight on Thursday

Ben Darvill 13 Mar 2018
  • Arsenal vs AC Milan kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Thursday, 15th March.
  • Get free predicitions & betting tips for this Europa League match. 
Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Arsenal FC vs AC Milan UEFA Europa League last-16 predictions and betting tips. The best bets for Thursday's Europa League last-16 clash between Arsenal and AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal vs AC Milan predictions 

Arsenal vs AC Milan betting tips


Arsenal return to the Emirates Stadium for Europa League action on Thursday in a far better place mentally than they were even a week ago. The first-leg of their last-16 match against AC Milan ended in a solid 2-0 win that saw the Gunners relieve some of the pressure that had been building on Arsene Wenger. Arsenal’s ‘cup team’ have fared far better than their Premier League side this season with Europe’s second biggest trophy edging ever closer.

In the league, Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 3-0 thumping of Watford at the Emirates. Troy Deeney’s famous claim that the Gunners lack ‘cajones’ backfired as Wenger’s men put in a performance that displayed a backbone they have rarely showcased this season. While the win has not enabled them to cut the gap between themselves and the top-four, it will have given them a much-needed boost ahead of another game in their final chance to claim a trophy.

Arsenal have looked fairly good going forward this season, hitting the back of the net 55 times in the league, but they have been equally as leaky at the back, conceding 41 times in 30 games. Interestingly, Arsenal’s last Europa League game ended in a 2-1 loss to minnows Ostersund, with the Gunners limping through 4-2 on aggregate.
The visitors come in the form of Italian side AC Milan. The once great European superpower have been struggling in recent years and they are currently a massive 24 points short of Juventus at the top of the table, which shows just how far they have fallen. However, all is not lost in the league as they are only seven points short of Lazio in fourth, meaning the Europa League is not their last option, not like it is for the Gunners.

Unlike Arsenal, Milan have been pretty solid at the back this season. 30 goals conceded in 27 games is an admirable effort, but they have only scored 38 goals this season, meaning that they will struggle to overturn Arsenal’s first-leg advantage.

Despite Milan’s shy nature in front of goal, they will sense that Arsenal are there to be beaten. The Gunners cannot be accused of being solid at the back with their defence in need of a rejig in the summer. Wenger has often switched between a back four and five this year with mixed results, and if the Italian’s can put pressure on their hosts early on, then it could lead to mistakes and chances.

Milan’s top scorer Patrick Cutrone has netted 10 goals this season, making him the team’s top scorer and he will fancy his chances against an Arsenal defence that is hardly rock-solid. Aaron Ramsey is a decent bet too as he was on the scoresheet in the first-leg of the tie, while he has netted seven goals this season. With the mass departure of their top scorers in Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, the Welshman has become a player that the Gunners are relying on for goals.

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  • Arsenal have played AC Milan seven times in their histroy, winning three, losing two and drawing two.
  • AC Milan have been shy in front of goal this season, only hitting 38 goals in 27 league games.
  • Meust Ozil will likely play a starring role for Arsenal after recording his 50th Premier League assist in record time.

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