Former Chelsea player Frank Lampard has told reporters that Arsenal fans will not be completely confident of European progression as they always have a bad performance in them, The Sun report.
After four straight defeats in all competitions, Arsenal headed to the San Siro for the first leg of their Europa League last 16 knockout clash with Milan with many predicting another disappointing result.
Rather surprisingly, the Gunners returned to their best in a near flawless first-half performance which saw them race in to a 2-0 lead and later comfortably maintain their advantage come the final whistle.
With a two-goal advantage, Arsene Wenger’s men should progress to the quarter-finals without any problems, but former Chelsea player Lampard explains why it will not be so easy with a rather damning assessment.
“After showing good character in beating AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League tie last week, Arsenal should progress on Thursday,” Lampard told The Sun.
“But Arsene Wenger’s side have had problems defensively this season and you do suspect they will give away opportunities.
“Their fans still won’t be completely confident because they know Arsenal always have a bad performance in them.”
Arsenal won 3-0 away at Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the previous round but were made to sweat in the return leg at the Emirates Stadium as they crashed to a rather embarrassing 2-1 defeat.
Former player Gennaro Gattuso has improved Milan’s fortunes this season, and they know that their best chance of qualification for next season’s Champions League will be via winning the Europa League.
Arsenal have no doubt struggled this season, losing 10 of their 30 Premier League games to date, and they cannot afford to be complacent on Thursday as the Europa League represents their last chance of silverware this term.