Tuesday February 14 2012
Silva respects Arsenal firepower

Milan stopper Thiago Silva has underlined that there is more to Arsenal than just Robin Van Persie.

The Dutchman is having a campaign to remember with the Premiership club, but the Brazilian international insists the London outfit are not a one-man team.

“Arsenal are a great side and we have to watch everyone and not just Van Persie,” stated the centre-back. “We have to monitor all of their players because they are all quality.

“If you talk about just one player today then maybe tomorrow it will be another one who has grabbed the headlines – we have to be careful about everyone.”

So who else should Milan need to keep an eye on in tomorrow’s Champions League first leg tie? Thiago Silva was in no doubt as he highlighted the ability of Thierry Henry.

“He's a player who’s had a great history, not just with Arsenal but also with France,” continued the defender. 

“We must be careful because in every game where he comes on he does well. If you give him a little space he will certainly score, he has incomparable quality.

“Arsenal have a great squad of players, but so do we,” the South American continued. “It will be a great spectacle for the public.

“We hope to do well tomorrow – also so that we can ease the pressure on ourselves for the second leg, but we know either Van Persie or Henry could decide the match in one moment.”