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After a four-point draw from our opening game in the Dubai Super Cup, we’ll be looking for the same against AC Milan on Tuesday.

It will be the I Rossoneri’s first game of the tournament before they face Liverpool three days later and we can win the silverware with a win against the reigning Serie A champions.

However, they will provide a stern test at the Al Maktoum Stadium and ahead of the encounter here is everything you need to know about our opponents:

Find out how to watch all the action live on Arsenal.com and the official app

The story

One of the world’s most decorated and famous clubs, AC Milan was formed by Englishman Herbert Kilpin in 1899 and quickly began collecting silverware, but an internal split in 1908 led to the creation of arch-rivals Inter Milan.

It led to a major trophy drought until the 1950s, but they would be one of the most dominant sides throughout most of the second half of the century, winning five European Cups and claiming a 16th Serie A title in 1999.

Further Champions League success came in 2003 and 2007, but domestic successes were few and far between, with just two further league titles and a single Coppa Italia coming after the turn of the century.

However, that changed last season when Milan lifted their first Scudetto in 11 years, finishing just two points behind their neighbours.

The boss

Veteran manager Stefano Pioli was a controversial choice when he was appointed in October 2019, having managed Inter – one of 12 other clubs he had previously been in the dugout for over 16 years before taking over at the Rossoneri.

A centre-back best known for his time at Fiorentina during his playing days, Pioli first made his Serie A debut in 2006 at Parma. He had overseen Chievo, Palmero, Bologna, Lazio, Inter and Fiorentina before returning to the San Siro to try and win a first major honor with AC.

He quickly helped the club back into the Champions League for the first time since 2013/14 in his first full campaign via a runner-up finish, and followed that up by going one step further and winning the long-awaited league triumph 12 months later.

The squad

The signing of former Gunners favorite Olivier Giroud before the start of last season proved a championship for Milan, as he finished his first campaign as joint-top scorer with 11 goals, including a last-day brace to help land the three. points needed for the title.

Alongside him at the top of the goalscoring charts was Rafael Leao, who scored twice in Portugal’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals. However, the pair will not play us after going through the knockout stages of the tournament, which also rules out Fode Ballo-Toure (Senegal), Sergino Dest (USA) and Theo Hernandez (France).

Simon Kjaer and Charles de Ketelaere have been included in the traveling party following their early exits with Denmark and Belgium respectively, while long-term injury concerns Mike Maignan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are also in Dubai hoping to build up some match fitness.

Other former Premier League players on the trip include ex-Chelsea pair Fikayo Tomori and Tiemoue Bakayoko, Liverpool cult hero Divock Origi and ex-Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz.

Current season

Milan went into the World Cup break second in the table, eight points behind leaders Napoli after 15 games – not helped by losing a tight game against them 2-1 back in September, one of just two league defeats so far this term . .

Their only other defeats both came against Chelsea in the Champions League, but they still managed to progress to the knockout stages by picking up 10 points from games against Red Bull Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb.

Giroud and Leao once again lead the scoring charts, while Diaz and veteran Croatian striker Ante Rebic have also chipped in with decent moves. Milan have played a friendly since the regrouping, which saw them beat fourth-placed Lumezzane 3-2 last Thursday.

The previous meetings

We faced Milan for the first time in competition back in 1995 when they beat us 2-0 over two legs to take the UEFA Super Cup. In 2007/08 we were drawn in the last 16 of the Champions League and this time we won thanks to a 2-0 win at the San Siro with Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor on target.

Four years later we met at the same stage in the same competition and we almost overturned a 4-0 first leg deficit with a 3-0 home win. Our last competitive meeting came in the Europa League in 2018, when goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey ensured success at the San Siro, before a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium saw us safely into the quarter-finals thanks to a Danny Welbeck brace and a Granit Xhaka strikes.

How to see

You’ll be able to stream our game against Milan on Arsenal.com and the official app, starting at 2pm UK time.

Our regular matchday coverage begins with Breakdown Live, starting 30 minutes before kick-off and providing all the information you need, with live commentary following the action.

If you didn’t get our Dubai Super Cup pack, you can still buy a pass for this game now for just £5.99 – more info.

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