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Milan greats rise to applaud their young Arsenal conquerors

PUBLISHED: 12:03 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:49 07 September 2010

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 04:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Arsenal scores his teams 2nd goal during the UEFA Champions League 1st knockout round 2nd leg match between AC Milan and Arsenal at the San Siro stadium on March 4, 2008 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 04: Emmanuel Adebayor of Arsenal scores his teams 2nd goal during the UEFA Champions League 1st knockout round 2nd leg match between AC Milan and Arsenal at the San Siro stadium on March 4, 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Arsenal returned from Italy this morning with the plaudits ringing in their ears after their stunning 2-0 win at European champions AC Milan on Tuesday, writes Jem Maidment. Late goals from Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor sealed the Gunners place in

Arsenal returned from Italy this morning with the plaudits ringing in their ears after their stunning 2-0 win at European champions AC Milan on Tuesday, writes Jem Maidment.

Late goals from Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor sealed the Gunners' place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on a momentous night as they became the first English side to win at the Rossoneri.

Even beaten hosts Milan were full of praise for their young conquerors.

Defender Kakha Kaladze highlighted Adebayor's influence: "We have lost against a great team, Arsenal played a great game both here at San Siro and in London. They deserved to go through.

"Adebayor has proven to be a great player who managed to hold the team ahead - they are very impressive."

Wide-eyed veteran campaigner Clarence Seedorf, who has won the competition with Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid and AC Milan, added: "Not for nothing are Arsenal first in the Premier League.

"I wish them the best - let's hope that they can win the competition."

And World Player of the Year Kaka, who failed to get the better of the excellent Fabregas all evening, conceded: "Arsenal deserved this qualification, they played very well and they were more dangerous than us."

See this week's Ham&High for more Arsenal news.


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