Arsenal win at AC Milan with a good performance by Arsenal as they end their four-game losing run. On the other hand, AC Milan didnât play well today â although Arsenalâs defence can take some credit for that. Thatâs their first defeat in 14 games.
Arsenal put their recent problems to one side as a polished performance at fallen giants AC Milan gave them the upper hand in their Europa League last-16 tie.
The Gunners arrived at the San Siro at arguably the lowest point of manager Arsene Wengerâs 22-year reign, yet responded to a run of four straight defeats with a confident and controlled display against their Italian hosts.
Henrikh Mkhitaryanâs first goal for the club put the Premier League side ahead, cutting in from the left to fire in with the aid of a deflection off Milan skipper Leonardo Bonucci. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored seven of his past 12 goals in the Europa League.
Wenger spoke before the game about his team showing fight without compromising their attacking principles â and they delivered in a dominant first-half performance.
Aaron Ramsey deservedly doubled their lead before half-time, collecting Mesut Ozilâs piercing pass through the centre of Milanâs defence to round keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and tap in.
Milan tried to up the tempo after the break, wasting a clear early chance to pull one back when Giacomo Bonaventura spooned over the bar
But Arsenal were largely unruffled from then on, limiting the home side to half chances with a solid defensive effort.
The two away goals now make the Gunners firm favourites to reach the quarter-finals after next Thursdayâs second leg at Emirates Stadium.
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