Arsenal suffer setback ahead of AC Milan game

A long way off Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny concedes Champions League football looks unlikely next season

'We can't be afraid of the 70,000 crowd [at the San Siro], we need to play with great technical and physical quality.

"You can't see them actually beating a team at the moment which is actually organised and very infused and intensified".

"We have to stick together and focus". We know each other from playing in a few derbies.

Wenger can expect to face further criticism over the coming weeks and months, with it already suggested that he has outstayed his welcome , but the 68-year-old insists he has given no thought to resigning. Sometimes you have to admit that they are better or are in a better situation.

And Kolasinac says they should try to go without defeat for the rest of 2017-18, starting with Thursday's trip to AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

The 22-year-old has been carrying the injury for some time and has been playing through the pain in order to try and help the team get back to winning ways during what's been a hard period for the club. You don't back down from a challenge, you always think that you can.

"We're up against a side who are struggling, but they are still better than us". We need to recover physically first.

"But we have to play for the club, for him, because he is a big role model for this term, a big person at this club, so we have to show we are ready to fight for him".

Defeat to Milan over two legs could see the most hard of situations presented to Wenger, who has also now conceded he had to be "realistic" of the importance the Europa League now holds.

The former Gunner conceded that on current form, Arsenal do look a shambles, but they still have a good enough squad and Wenger remains one of the leading lights of coaching.

But Carabao Cup final defeat to City and crashing out of the FA Cup to Nottingham Forest all points to the worst season of Wenger's time in North London.

That means that, were Arsenal to overcome AC Milan in the next couple of weeks and go on to win the Europa League at the same time, Tottenham would miss out on the Champions League despite finishing fourth.

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