MILAN (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told his side to keep a close eye on striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the Gunners take on AC Milan in the Champions League round of 16 Wednesday.
Ibrahimovic, a former Barcelona forward, is in good form – scoring 15 goals in 19 games – and Wenger believes that his Arsenal players must pay attention to a man who always shows up for the big occasions.
“He is a great player,” said Wenger on Arsenal FC official website at www.arsenal.com. “If you look at his record, at what he has won, he has his own personality based on a strong belief in himself.
“That is a quality at the top level that can sometimes be seen as over-confidence but I don’t think he is because he turns up with performances in the big games.
“That’s why I believe he was at the Arsenal training ground before his career. Before he moved to Ajax we were interested in him, and he made a great career.”
The game will be the last on this loan spell for Arsenal icon Thierry Henry, who will return to the United States to start preseason with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Wenger will start the Frenchman on the bench, but says he will play apart in the game, as the Premier League side looks to emulate the performance of Tottenham last year.
“I have seen [that game], yes,” he said. “Milan had a lot of the ball and Tottenham caught them on the break at the end of the game.
“You never decide when you break, you break when you can. It was a game which was vastly dominated, especially in the second half, by Milan.
“We will not decide at the start of the game that we will sit in our half if we have to, like Tottenham did. We will do it and then try to catch them on the break.
“But at the start we will try to get out of our own half and try to get up there and play. Spurs won the game when they were dominated, but that is football today.”
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