Arsenal blueprint in the San Siro used as inspiration for PSV

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Former Chelsea star Ruud Gullit has urged PSV to copy Arsenal if they are to upset AC Milan.

Remember when Arsenal last went to the San Siro?

Yes they lost 4-0 to AC Milan. It is not a memory fans will want to dwell on, so we'll move swiftly on.

A far more impressive result at the stadium is being used to inspire Dutch side PSV.

Former Chelsea star Ruud Gullit has urged the Eredivisie side to use the spirit of the 2008 Gunners as a blueprint for success.

PSV face AC Milan in a do or die Champions League qualifier at the stadium on Wednesday evening, with the first leg score at 1-1.

Gullit said: "This PSV must believe. Arsenal came to win here at the San Siro in 2008 

"Even then Arsenal had no chance. But they had a good game in defence, held positions, with discipline, and a high pace.

"PSV can play well, the midfield must know how to dribble well, as the first leg. Perhaps Bakkali can burn Milan with his speed." 

That Arsenal side won 2-0 thanks to two late goals from Cesc Fabregas in the 84th minute and Emmanuel Adebayor in injury time, knocking out the reigning champions.

Looking back, Arsenal fans may examine their line-up and substitute's bench and just wonder how they beat the Italians in their backyard with several players regarded as weak links since moved on - in fact of the starting line-up, just Bacary Sagna remains as a regular.

Almunia, Clichy, Senderos, Gallas, Sagna, Diaby, Fabregas, Flamini, Eboue, Hleb, Adebayor.

Subs: Lehmann, Walcott, GIlberto, Van Persie, Denilson, Bendtner, Justin Hoyte.

Milan meanwhile had the likes of Paolo Maldini, Kaka, Alexandre Pato and Pippo Inzaghi. While Arsenal's two late goals that night were crucial, the real victory clearly came in the defence keeping Milan's forward line quiet.

Now that sort of against the odds victory should rightly inspire PSV, who have former Manchester United man Park Ji Sung back in their ranks. We are sure he's relieved he secured a loan move away from QPR, otherwise last night he could have beeen featuring in a defeat to Swindon Town instead.

Arsenal fans what do you remember of the win?

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