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Seven things noticed from Arsenal training as Gunners prepare for AC Milan

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Seven things noticed from Arsenal training as Gunners prepare for AC Milan

14 mart 2018 Wednesday 18:05
Seven things noticed from Arsenal training as Gunners prepare for  AC Milan

Seven things noticed from Arsenal training as Gunners prepare for crunch Europa League tie against AC Milan

Arsene Wenger's side ran out 2-0 winners at the San Siro thanks to goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal host AC Milan at the Emirates on Thursday for their Europa League last-16 second leg.

With the Gunners out of the hunt for a Premier League top four spot, a place in next season's Champions League all hinges on them winning Europe's secondary competition.

Arsene Wenger's side ran out 2-0 winners at the San Siro last week, thanks to goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey.

With the away goals in place, the Gunners enter the clash in a reasonably strong position. However, AC have nothing to lose and will likely attack from the offset.

Arsenal trained on Wednesday ahead of the clash, here are seven things we noticed...

Still struggling with zips

Can't someone just get this guy velcro or something? (Image: Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley)

It seems there are plenty of things about Wenger that don't change - his tactics, his unwillingness to spend money and his ongoing struggle with zips.

Long has the Frenchman struggled when putting on a coat and long it looks set to continue.

Taking out his frustration on the training ground

Enjoy the rest while you get it, pal (Image: Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang recently revealed he was frustrated at not being able to play as much as he would like.

Arsenal's January acquisition is ineligible to play on Thursday because he is cup-tied.

The Gabon striker appears to be taking out his frustration on the training ground.

Because I'm worth it

Spurs had David Ginola, Arsenal have Mesut Ozil (Image: Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley)

Mesut Ozil's fabulous head of hair is getting a good show in training, and this picture looks like something out of a L'Oreal advert.

But after recently signing a new deal, fans will be expecting the German to show his worth in a different way.

Ozil will be key to Arsenal beating AC Milan on Thursday, can he deliver?

You are my number one guy

Mkhitaryan is beginning to thrive at Arsenal (Image: Nigel French/PA Wire)

After a slow start, Mkhitaryan's Arsenal career has finally got going.

The Armenian has now scored two goals and registered five assists for the Gunners since moving in January.

Mkhitaryan was also crowned Arsenal's February Player of the Month.

"Must. Connect. With. Ball."

Danny Welbeck led Arsenal's line against AC Milan last time out (Image: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Danny Welbeck led the line against AC Milan last week in Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette's absence and for the most part, he did good.

But there was a moment in the dying minutes of the game when the 27-year-old took a shot and ended up falling over.

Arsenal fans will be pleased to see Welbeck's firmly got his eye on the ball in training ahead of Thursday's clash.

"Who wants to be captain? Anybody?"

The German will hang up his boots at the end of the season (Image: Nigel French/PA Wire)

Arsenal's club captain recently admitted that his "body is finished" in an interview with Der Spiegel .

This season will be the German's last and someone will need to assume Arsenal's captaincy full-time.

Laurent Koscielny is the Gunners' vice-captain so all fingers point to him. But Mertesacker appears to be listening to offers in training.

Game face on

David Ospina is Arsenal's cup man (Image: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

David Ospina will no doubt be used again in the Europa League. With away goals playing a vital role, the Colombian can't afford any slip ups.

And with Petr Cech's form this season having been a little up and down, this also represents a chance for Ospina to show why he should take on the number one role full-time.

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