The Gunners would eventually be eliminated by Chelsea that season and it’s these two clubs that are flying the flag for England in the Champions League after Manchester United and Manchester City failed to get beyond the group stage.
Arsenal are unfortunate to be playing AC Milan considering they topped their section, although they will draw confidence from Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Sunderland and they did knock the Rossoneri out of the competition on the last occasion that the two teams met.
You can get odds of 14/5 (Bet Victor £50 free bets) that the visitors come away from this first leg match with a victory, the same as Tottenham managed at the same stage of the competition last season and Monsieur Henry will be waiting in the wings for his chance to shine.
Robin Van Persie has been haunting Premier League defences all season and will be selected in attack for this match, with the Dutchman likely to be a popular bet to open the scoring at odds of 13/2 (William Hill free bets).
However, we should remember that AC Milan are top of the Italian league at the moment and are certainly not the spent force that some people are making them out to be. They managed a 2-2 draw in Barcelona during the group stage and come into this game off the back of a 2-1 win in Udinese.
Arsenal’s poor recent away form means that the 11/10 (Paddy Power bookmaker) could be a value proposition considering that they have won 7 of their 11 home matches this season and only conceded five goals.
Former Manchester City striker Robinho is likely to line up alongside the impressive Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the latter looks a great price at 9/2 (Bet Victor) to score the first goal against an Arsenal defence that will be missing Per Mertesacker.
We should expect a cagey affair at the San Siro considering that Milan will not want to concede an away goal to their opponents and 17/20 (Ladbrokes free bets) looks a spot of value about two goals or less.
Perhaps a good idea is to back 1-0 and 2-0 scorelines in favour of the home side, especially with the latter on offer at 9/1. That would set things up nicely for the match at the Emirates.