AC Milan sporting director, Massimiliano Mirabelli, said that he felt “sorry for Arsenal”, after they were given a trip to the San Siro in the Europa League round of 16.
According to Mirabelli, the draw ticks all the boxes.
“I’m sorry for Arsenal, who I’m sure would have liked to have continued in Europe,” he said.
“It would have been a nice final, but I’m happy. It’s best to face a big club like Arsenal now. We needed opponents like these.”
Christian Abbiati, Milan’s club manager, told Sky Sport Italia: “Facing Arsenal is a fascinating encounter. It’s bound to be a great tie.”
Arsenal will face AC Milan at the San Siro on March 8.
The return leg will be played at the Emirates on March 15.