Wenger vows to attack
Gunners planning to get at Milan in Euro showdown
Last Updated: February 14, 2012 8:24am
Arsene Wenger: Looking for Arsenal to pick up a positive result on Italian soil
Arsene Wenger knows he must strike the right balance between defence and attack in Europe, but says Arsenal will go to AC Milan looking to win.
The Gunners are due in Italy on Wednesday for the first leg of their last-16 showdown with Milan.
Taking a positive result from that contest is imperative for Wenger's men, with away goals and clean sheets the order of the day.
Arsenal achieved both on their last visit to Giuseppe Meazza, with a 2-0 win secured back in 2008.
Wenger is hoping for more of the same this time out, with the Frenchman vowing to take the game to Milan.
"The European system is organised to reward audacious action away from home," he said.
"When you go away in the Champions League, you have to score.
"The best way to score is play in an offensive way and we will try to do that."
One man who could play a key role against the Rossoneri is Mikel Arteta, with the Spaniard expected to dictate proceedings in the middle of the park.
He will look to run the show in midfield and provide the ammunition for Arsenal's pacey wingers and deadly marksmen to do the damage.
He told Arsenal Player: "I watch the game from behind [the attackers] and I know that when we become too open we leave many spaces and concede goals.
"I just try to balance the team a little bit.
"Sometimes I would like to go forward more, but I've still had chances and the goal [against Blackburn] was my sixth this year, which isn't bad.
"I don't want to be the main man; we all know who the main man is and that's Robin [van Persie]. He is the leader, he is the one who makes a real difference.
"Everyone is part of a machine and we are all just trying to make the machine work as well as we can."