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Unlike previous seasons, Arsenal, as group winners, will play the first leg of the tie away from home. Taking into account Arsenal's formidable record against Italian oppositions in Italy, a trip to the San Siro may not be as intimidating as it looks. In fact, Arsenal became the first English team to beat Milan at the San Siro in 2008, having thrashed Inter 5-1 four years prior at the same venue.
Contrary to popular beliefs, Italian teams' renowned defensive mindsets seem to have faded in recent years (bar Mourinho's Inter). This is shown by Arsenal's magnificent displays in Milan, in which they found acres of space all round the pitch to cause their opponent trouble, and more recently at the Stadio Friuli, where they beat Udinese to qualify.
While the two teams' last encounter at the Emirates was a high-octane affair, it failed to produce goals and the result did not influence proceedings.
Therefore, it could be possible that the first leg at Milan's fortress will seal the two teams' fates.