Gattuso: Will be tough to knock out Arsenal

AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso admits his team’s chances of getting past Arsenal are not ideal but he insists they will keep fighting until the end.

The Rossoneri lost the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last-16 tie 2-0 at home against the Gunners and will need to overturn the deficit at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

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Gattuso knows it is a tough ask for his side, but after bouncing back with a 1-0 win over Genoa on Sunday he is feeling more optimistic about his team.

“After Thursday, I heard a lot of nattering that you hear in the pub, about how we were lacking something physically, yet here we are coping right through to the 95th minute,” Gattuso told Mediaset.

“We just got that game wrong against a strong Arsenal side. We realised that and today we responded.”

He added: “We’ve still got a 30 percent chance of going through and we’re not going to London for a holiday. We need to respect our glorious shirts.

“The league table is finally looking pretty for us. Our objective is there in front of us, but we’ve got to take things game by game. I was a bit worried because we’d not lost in two and half months until Arsenal so we were afraid we might struggle after going so long without losing, but the team responded well.”

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