'Rookie' Gattuso relishing Arsene Wenger clash - FCNaija

Europa League By: Linus Onyeze | 07/03/2018

Gattuso hopes to remain AC Milan boss - FCNaija

‘Rookie’ AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has spoken of his relish in coming up against Arsene Wenger.

The former midfielder will lead Milan into a Europa League clash with Arsenal, and has described himself as a ‘rookie’ and is relishing the prospect of coming face to face with the more experienced Wenger.

"It's not a challenge with him, because in that regard it's not a contest," Gattuso said in his pre-match media conference.

"He's won so much in his career, he's been managing the same club for 21-22 years. My path is still very long.

"It will be an interesting match, with more of a new philosophy like mine against him and his experience. He likes to play a style based heavily on possession.

"I've been through games like this as a player, everything is different now. Compared to Wenger I'm just a rookie, I'm just starting and he's been coaching for 30 years."

Gattuso stepped up from his role with Milan's youth team to lead the senior side at San Siro following Vincenzo Montella's sacking in November.

After initially struggling to get consistent performances out of the Rossoneri, Gattuso has turned their fortunes around in 2018 – earning plaudits from former team-mate Andriy Shevchenko, among others.