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Arsenal vs. AC Milan, Europa League preview: Can the Gunners hold serve this time?

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Can Arsenal reach the quarterfinals of a European competition for the first time since 2010?

AC Milan v Arsenal - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

On the back of consecutive wins, things are starting to look up in Arsenal-land for the first time in a while. Up next, however, is the crucial second leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie with AC Milan. As we all know, with a top four finish in the Premier League seemingly out of reach, Arsenal’s best opportunity to salvage this season and qualify for next season’s Champions League is through the Europa League, and the Gunners can take a big step towards that goal tomorrow night.

Away goals do factor in as a tie-breaker in the Europa League knock-out stages, so Arsenal are in a comfortable position to progress after the 2-0 win in Milan last week, though another strong performance will likely be needed to see this one through.

Besides Alexandre Lacazette, who is on schedule to return from his knee injury in a few weeks, Arsenal is in good shape health-wise. Arsene Wenger confirmed today that everyone else is available for tomorrow, including Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal, both of whom have missed the last few games. Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny should be back in the starting lineup after being rested for the 3-0 win over Watford last weekend. Shkodran Mustafi also appears to be fine despite coming off with a groin injury on Sunday.

AC Milan were also winners at the weekend, though they needed a last-minute goal from Andre Silva to defeat Genoa 1-0. Expect a similar lineup from Milan to the one they used in the first leg, though right-back Davide Calabria will miss out with an adductor injury suffered against Arsenal. Fabio Borini, the former Liverpool and Sunderland striker, filled in for Calabria at right-back on Sunday, and should start there again tomorrow night, something Arsenal will look to exploit.

WHAT: Arsenal vs. AC Milan

WHERE: Emirates Stadium, London

WHEN: Thursday, March 15th: 4:05 PM EST | 1:05 PM PST | 8:305PM GMT

US TV: Fox Sports 1

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