Champions League – Lehmann to start against Milan


EurosportTue, 19 Feb 14:50:00 2008

Jens Lehmann will continue in goal for Arsenal against his old club Milan in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie at the Emirates Stadium.

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Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, who has become manager Arsene Wenger’s first choice following Lehmann’s disastrous early-season form, is still recovering from a thumb injury.

Wenger told Sky Sports News: “Almunia is not completely ready to play tomorrow. He’s getting there. He’s very close now.”

After missing the 4-0 defeat by Manchester United that saw them eliminated from the FA Cup, the Gunners are boosted by the return of full-backs Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini and striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who has scored 12 goals in his last 10 games, are also passed fit to play.

Francesc Fabregas could be a doubt, however, after he appeared to be limping in training.

Wenger vowed that his team would put the result at Old Trafford behind them, saying: “We’ll focus on our game. It’s a big game. It was a bit quiet following our disappointing result.

“We’ll continue to be guided by the way we want to play the game and the way we want to play football.

“More than have a reaction we want to play football like we can play it and this is a good opportunity to do that.”

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