AC Milan vs. Arsenal: 6 Players to Watch

Peter WebsterContributor IIIFebruary 13, 2012

AC Milan vs. Arsenal: 6 Players to Watch

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    AC Milan and Arsenal should be an enthralling Champions League encounter as the Serie A league leaders host the Premier League's fourth-best outfit on Wednesday 15th February.

    On their day, both teams are capable of playing some exciting football, and fans all over the world will be hoping that this game will be a testament to that.

    With both teams tending to be stronger in attack than defense, here we'll take a look at some of the talent that the European clubs are offering and who might be a standout player on the night.

Robin Van Persie

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    Robin Van Persie has to be one to watch considering the fantastic form he's been in over the past 12 months.

    Second only to Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2011 European goalscoring charts, Robin Van Persie has started 2012 in equally good measure.

    Van Persie has scored 22 league goals already this season, and he will be looking to add to his three Champions League goals against AC Milan on Wednesday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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    Zlatan is definitely a marmite player when it comes to his following.

    In other words, you either love him or you hate him—he divides opinion.

    His performances can be extremely erratic on occasion, but the player is capable of sublime moments when he is in the right frame of mind.

    Arsenal's defense has struggled this season through a multitude of injuries, and AC Milan may look to exploit that fact.

    If Zlatan is on the pitch, expect anything from the man currently ranked No. 2 in the Serie A goalscoring charts.

Maxi Lopez

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    AC Milan forward Maxi Lopez was signed in January on loan from Serie A side Catania.

    Lopez has impressed already for Milan in the league and played a pivotal role in the 2-1 reverse over Udinese on Saturday.

    Lopez will be looking to make an impression against Arsenal on his Champions League debut for the Rossoneri. 

Thierry Henry

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    Arsenal's Champions League game against AC Milan will be Henry's last game for the Gunners before the Frenchman returns to his parent club, the New York Red Bulls, for the start of the MLS season.

    Henry signed off in the Premier League with an injury time winner against Sunderland at the weekend, and he will be looking to gain more adulation with a big performance on Wednesday at the San Siro.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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    From old favourite Thierry Henry to star-in-the-making Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    The Ox has been turning in some impressive Premier League performances of late, and if Arsene Wenger let's him loose against AC Milan, then he could increase his standing still further.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain is just 18 years of age and has featured six times in the league for Arsenal so far.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain has all the attributes required to become and excellent player, and Champions League exposure will only improve his game.

Robinho

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    Robinho has immense ability but doesn't always show it every week.

    The Brazilian had a hard time in the Premier League with Manchester City, which resulted in him being sold to Milan for £15 million in 2010.

    Robinho has been performing well for the Italian club and has struck up a good understanding with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which could worry the Arsenal defense come Wednesday evening.

    Robinho has just one Champions League goal to his name so far this season, but his interplay is just as dangerous as his finishing.

Afterthoughts

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    This game will be a tough one to call, as both teams head into the match coming off the back of 2-1 victories.

    AC Milan have to go down as favourites due to home-field advantage, but Arsene Wenger is no stranger to tactical warfare and could mastermind something special on the day.

    The talent that these two teams will showcase should be exciting for all viewers to behold, and it will give Europe the chance to see two great youngsters in action through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Stephan El Shaaraway.

     

    As always, thanks for reading, and be sure to check out my article on some South American stars that could be heading to Europe in the summer.

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