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Win can set up double - Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas scored in Arsenal's 2-0 win at the San Siro

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas claims the Gunners are good enough to win this season's Champions League and Premier League following the win over AC Milan.

Arsenal won 2-0 to become the first English side to beat AC Milan at the San Siro as they knocked the holders out of the Champions League on Tuesday.

"We are top of the Premier League and through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League," said Fabregas, 20.

"We beat the holders at home, so why can't we win them both?"

Fabregas orchestrated a stunning Arsenal performance to dispose of Milan and the Spaniard's long-range effort gave Arsenal the lead late on.

Emmanuel Adebayor slotted in a second goal as the Gunners clinched a famous victory at a venue where Manchester United's campaign was emphatically ended by eventual champions Milan last season.

606: DEBATE
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty

And the Togo international said the win has restored confidence amongst his Arsenal team-mates and believes people were too quick to write them off.

He stated: "Two weeks ago people were saying 'they're not going to win the title, they'll be out of the Champions League' .

"Today everyone, every player from the keeper to the bench, has the confidence back because this means we can beat every single team in the world."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger cited the impact the win will have on his players after two draws and indifferent showings in the Premier League going into the second leg in Milan.

"The competition is very hard now," he commented. "It is a cup competition and you have to take it like that.

"We will go for it - we are in the quarter-final, so why should we not believe we can do it?

"The growing process of a team is a bit like a wave, it goes up suddenly, then down with a few bad results, then it goes up high again.

"This game was of huge significance for my team because in between (the two legs) they did not deliver a convincing result.

Arsenal are a strong team and played with great courage

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti

"Subconsciously for the team, it was very important to see how good they are."

He added: "While this will strengthen the belief in the team, now we have to keep a good balance between belief and humility. That is a very important quality as well because it allows a team to be consistent."

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti conceded his side were outplayed by the Gunners.

"Arsenal are a strong team and played with great courage and have shown they have the qualities to reach the final of the Champions League," he said.

"Now our aim is the fourth place in the Italian league and we will do our best to reach this.

"We have won so much lately, so one lost game is nothing if you think about what we have done.

"So we will all continue on to pursue our goals."



see also
Comment: Gunners can grab glory
04 Mar 08 |  Football
AC Milan 0-2 Arsenal (agg 0-2)
04 Mar 08 |  Europe
Champions League as it happened
04 Mar 08 |  Europe
Arsenal tipped to beat Milan
03 Mar 08 |  Europe
Wenger blames lack of composure
20 Feb 08 |  Arsenal
Arsenal 0-0 AC Milan
20 Feb 08 |  Europe
Arsenal draw champions AC Milan
21 Dec 07 |  Football


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