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Arsenal claim much-needed win in Milan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan fires Arsenal ahead

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 Wenger’s 22-year reign, yet responded to a run of four straight defeats with a confident and controlled display against their Italian hosts.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s 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.

Wenger spoke before the game about his team showing fight without compromising their attacking principles – and they delivered in a dominant first-half performance.

Aaron Ramsey deservedly doubled their lead before half-time, collecting Mesut Ozil’s piercing pass through the centre of Milan’s 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 Thursday’s second leg at Emirates Stadium.

More to follow.

Line-ups

AC Milan

  • 99Donnarumma
  • 2CalabriaSubstituted forBoriniat 79′minutes
  • 19Bonucci
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 68Rodríguez
  • 79Kessié
  • 21Biglia
  • 5Bonaventura
  • 8Fernández Saez
  • 63CutroneSubstituted forValente Silvaat 69′minutes
  • 10CalhanogluSubstituted forKalinicat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kalinic
  • 9Valente Silva
  • 11Borini
  • 17Zapata
  • 18Montolivo
  • 73Locatelli
  • 90Donnarumma

Arsenal

  • 13Ospina
  • 21ChambersSubstituted forEl Nenyat 85′minutes
  • 20Mustafi
  • 6Koscielny
  • 31KolasinacBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 62′minutes
  • 8RamseyBooked at 71mins
  • 29Xhaka
  • 11ÖzilSubstituted forHoldingat 80′minutes
  • 10Wilshere
  • 77Mkhitaryan
  • 23Welbeck

Substitutes

  • 16Holding
  • 17Iwobi
  • 30Maitland-Niles
  • 33Cech
  • 35El Neny
  • 61Nelson
  • 62Nketiah
Referee:
Clément Turpin

Match Stats

Home TeamAC MilanAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Milan 0, Arsenal 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Milan 0, Arsenal 2.

Foul by Suso (Milan).

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Granit Xhaka.

Attempt missed. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Foul by Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal).

Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by André Silva (Milan).

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Mohamed Elneny replaces Calum Chambers because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Calum Chambers (Arsenal) because of an injury.

Foul by Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan).

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fabio Borini (Milan).

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alessio Romagnoli (Milan) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Giacomo Bonaventura with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Rob Holding.

Attempt blocked. Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Rob Holding replaces Mesut Özil.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

Attempt blocked. Franck Kessié (Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabio Borini.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Fabio Borini replaces Davide Calabria.

Attempt missed. Suso (Milan) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Davide Calabria (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

Attempt blocked. Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Lucas Biglia (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. André Silva replaces Patrick Cutrone.

Attempt missed. Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Offside, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey tries a through ball, but Danny Welbeck is caught offside.

Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

Franck Kessié (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Kalinic (Milan).

Foul by Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

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