AC Milan midfielder Seedorf: Arsenal are 'one of the sides to beat' in the Champions League

The 35-year-old midfielder has praised the Gunners ahead of Wednesday's home clash, as he reveals the joys of winning Europe's most prestigious club competition
AC Milan veteran Clarence Seedorf has warned his team-mates to be wary of the threat posed by Arsenal ahead of the clubs' clash on Wednesday at San Siro in the first leg of the Champions League last 16.

The Rossoneri finished second in Group H behind Barcelona and were drawn against Arsene Wenger's men, who topped Group F ahead of Marseille.

Even though the Gunners have yet to win the Champions League, Seedorf acknowledged that the north Londoners always make Europe's premier club competition their priority each season.

"Every year, Arsenal take part in the Champions League to win it," Seedorf told Sky Sports.

"They have the right combination of young and experienced players. They are one of the sides to beat."

In 2003, Seedorf became the first player to win the Champions League with three different clubs (Ajax, Real Madrid and Milan), before lifting the trophy a fourth time in 2007.

The 35-year-old says that the sensation of winning the Champions League is similar to that of becoming a father.

"Winning the Champions League is a joy than can be compared to the birth of a child," Seedorf confessed.

"Every player dreams of winning it."

Milan's encounter against Arsenal on Wednesday kicks off at 20.45CET.