Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is ready to face AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Vermaelen will again look to shackle the 6ft 3in frontman, whom he went up against at close quarters as a youngster when at Ajax.

"When I was playing regularly, he had left already, but I had a lot of sessions with him when I was a young player," said the 26-year-old Belgian international.

"I know his qualities, like everybody does. He is a strong and technical player, one of their main players, it is up to us as defenders to keep him quiet tomorrow."