Abbiati calm over Arsenal trip
Milan keeper Christian Abbiati believes his side's European experience will tell when they look to finish off Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 06/03/12 7:32am
AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati believes his side's experience in Europe will tell when they look to finish off Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Serie A giants secured a commanding 4-0 win in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League last 16 tie last month to leave the Gunners' hopes of progressing hanging by a thread.
The seven-time European champions will look to finish the job in North London and keeper Abbiati is not expecting any upsets.
"This Tuesday Milan need to exploit their bigger experience in Europe," the Italian told Sky Sports.
"With calm and without pressure in normal circumstances we will be able to (progress from) this round.
"Arsenal were inferior to us in the San Siro and that is the way to carry on in London. To control the ball and to score goals.
"We're not interested in a mad match but a night with calm and without nerves. The biggest part of the elimination is done but now we need to confirm it in the second match.
"We have watched Arsenal in their recent matches and it is true they have improved. But it is really very difficult to overthrow a 4-0 deficit in 90 minutes in the top level of European football."
Abbiati acknowledges the threat posed by Arsenal's star striker Robin van Persie but believes Milan can deal with the Dutchman after subduing him in Italy.
"Robin van Persie is a killer in the area but we saw how to deal with him," he added.
"We gave an example at the San Siro but at Emirates they will have more chances to create danger in our area."