Report: AC Milan 0-2 Arsenal (inc. goals)

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Starting XI: Ospina, Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck

Subs: Cech, Holding, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Iwobi, Nelson, Nketiah

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Arsenal put their wretched recent form behind them to produce an impressive 2-0 win against AC Milan at the San Siro that puts them firmly in control of their Europa League last-sixteen tie.

Two assists from Mesut Ozil lit up the first half as Henrikh Mkhitaryan bagged his first goal for the Gunners and Aaron Ramsey walked in a second in stoppage time.

The home side struggled to create clear-cut chances after the break and when they did they were met with stout defending, characterised by a captain’s performance from Laurent Koscielny. The two sides meet again in seven days time.

First half

Milan were quick out of the traps winning three corners inside the first three minutes and flashing a ball across Ospina’s goal that Bonaventura came inches away from converting at the back post.

Arsenal soon grew into the game with Ozil, Wilshere and Mkhitaryan, ably supported by Kolasinac, putting together some nice moves down the left flank. Our Armenian midfielder had our first effort on 7 minutes, firing into the side netting. It was a warning for the home side.

The game was open and we still looked nervy at the back. Cutrone missed a glorious chance – he hit the side netting – after some dreadful defending by Chambers and Çalhanoğlu might have won a penalty had he gone down after a clumsy challenge by Ospina.

It was noticeable how high up the pitch Arsenal were pressing their opponents. Even better was that it seemed to work as Milan repeatedly surrendered possession in their own half. .

It was from such pressure that we broke the deadlock on 15 minutes. Wilshere and Ramsey combined to win the ball back 40-yards from goal, it was quickly worked to Ozil who in turn lofted a beauty of a pass to Mkhitaryan inside the left channel. He took the ball down on his chest, another touch to cutback on to his right foot and with the aid of a slight deflection fired high past Donnarumma for his first goal in Arsenal colours. (1-0)

It would be exaggerating to say that Milan were shell-shocked by the goal, but they certainly looked a little confused by Arsenal’s discipline after it. Ramsey and Xhaka sat deep to defend the back four, Chambers was bold in making challenges early and Mkhitaryan and Wilshere closed down space whenever it appeared.

In the five minutes before the break we created three very good opportunities. First, Chambers squandered a chance to find any of six Arsenal players in the box. Ramsey gave him daggers after a poor cross. Moments later our right-back, filling in for the injured Bellerin, tested Donnarumma with a left foot volley from 20-yards out. Then Welbeck raced through on goal but the effort was straight down Donnarumma’s throat.

Ospina flapped at a corner as the home side came back into the game but every time we won the ball back we looked dangerous. Mkhitaryan should have doubled the lead a minute into stoppage time of the half. Having been played in by the energetic Welbeck, he again cut on to his right foot but this time clipped the bar with his effort.

Amazingly, there was still time for one last attack. After some nice hold-up play by Welbeck, Ozil played a perfectly weighted pass to Ramsey who defied the Milan offside trap, controlled, walked the ball past Donnarumma and stroked home to double the lead. His celebration was one of anger and defiance. (2-0)

Second half

Welbeck came desperately close to adding a third three minutes after the break. A disastrous touch back towards his own goal by Kessie saw the England striker through on goal. Could he get there before Donnarumma? Not quite but the touch from the keeper bounced off our man, who knew nothing about it, and went just over the bar. It would have been a very Welbeck goal.

The odd break aside, Arsenal were content to sit back and defend. Three times Bonaventura, Milan’s most dangerous player, hit efforts high and wide. Koscielny then made a vital interception to stop a ball reaching Kessie who looked like he might be free on goal.

Our first change of the night was enforced on 62 minutes when Kolasinac, who’d been impressive, picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Maitland-Niles.

As the game entered the last 15 minutes our passing started to become more ragged. On the touchline, Gattuso screamed at his team to go for the jugular but they struggled to fashion clear chances. A Suso effort on the angle went out for a throw, before Koscielny made a great block to stop Kessie.

Wenger decided to shut up shop and took off Ozil with Holding adding to the defence. His first touch was to deflect another Bonaventura effort just over. With six minutes remaining Chambers, suffering with cramp, went off leaving Elneny to fill the gap at right-back.

Could we keep a rare clean sheet? That was the big question. We wasted time at every opportunity, much to the annoyance of the capacity crowd, but it did result in five minutes of stoppage time. Time seemed to stand still. All we needed to do was keep the ball, so when Xhaka decided to shoot from 30-yards – an effort that went flying over the bar – Wenger went ballistic. Thankfully, it didn’t matter.

Against the odds, we secured another famous win in the San Siro. Will this be a turning point in our season? Let’s hope so. After a tough few months, this was almost fun.

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my name is bob
my name is bob

OH MY GOD WE WON AN AWAY GAME

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

Was great to see all the commitment and passion and defending and finishing that the team had been saving up on in the previous few games was put to good use in the game. Proper display and a great win. If the team keep up this level then no one will have a go at them. Totally a win to build on.

Maniac
Maniac

First time in a very long time that I’ve felt proud of an Arsenal performance; everyone really put a shift in today. Well done lads!

Twisted cuntloks
Twisted cuntloks

Make the most of it. The usual dross will return again at some point…

VAgooner
VAgooner

we needed to, considering our home form in europe

Lord_Of_Highbury
Lord_Of_Highbury

Well-played team! There could yet be some hope for redeeming our season through this competition! I feel like there was another goal or 2 for us in that first half, but a 2-0 away win after the really rubbish run we’ve been on…that i’ll take any given day. Now let’s wrap it up next week at home! 🙂

Dave
Dave

I writ my car off today and Arsenal win. Swings and roundabouts.

ArsenAlan
ArsenAlan

It was kind of like a mad night out where you’re “only going for one” but then you wake up still drunk on a barge in Belgium and you’ve no idea how you got there.
My best hopes today were for a draw, but somehow we managed to show up, play well, make Milan look average, win an away game – in Europe, AND keep a clean sheet.

The mind boggles.

Kampala gooner
Kampala gooner

That’s for talking shit!

Grumpy
Grumpy

Well done chumps, now some bit of consistency is required please

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Normal service resumed

Bag Of Breadsticks
Bag Of Breadsticks

more like proper

Honest gooner
Honest gooner

I reckon Wenger will now stay till atleast the end of the season

Superfrog
Superfrog

If things go badly , it’s the manager’s fault and the AW out brigade are put in force …. who deserves the credit if the team wins a high pressure game in Europe ?

Adam
Adam

Players do dont they?

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

So then who deserves the shit and abuse if the team loses?

Iwobi\'s left foot first touch
Iwobi\'s left foot first touch

Kroenke

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

There was no way he wasn’t seeing this season through to the end anyway…

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

What did I just see?

iGooner
iGooner

Exactly

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Something that resembled a team? Your not the only one shocked tonight.

Pedant
Pedant

Comfy, just as I predicted…not.

At least one North London side can beat an Italian giant.

(Without our two best strikers btw).

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Sp*rs are the gift that keeps on giving

Axedsoul
Axedsoul

To be fair, Juventus would’ve given us nightmares had we played against them. Nevertheless, Sp*rs are a bunch of cunts and no opportunities to take a dig at them should be wasted.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

No lets not be fair

Obvious Pete
Obvious Pete

That’s more like it! Thought the amount of diving from the AC Milan was disgusting.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

To be fair, it was the guy’s honesty after Ospina clumsily banged into him that probably cost them a penalty.

Always Arsenal
Always Arsenal

Yeah, let’s give the guy a big up for not cheating !

Mentalist
Mentalist

Funny thing that guy felt hard done by his own honesty and tried a ridiculous dive against Chambers 2 minutes after

Jorin
Jorin

What a great win! Really professional performance. Besides Danny Welbeck kicking the ground in the final minute. Hilarious.

Mpls
Mpls

I think his boots are too big.

Danny
Danny

I think he was fouled

A.B
A.B

Yep, clear foul.

Tim
Tim

I hope that is sarcasm. Wasn’t touched at all. Fluffed the shot – as is the standard for Welbz.

Mikeytaryan
Mikeytaryan

I know this may seem obvious, but this is easily our best away performance of the season ?

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

There have been other away performances?

Gunner in Canada
Gunner in Canada

Everton

Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope
Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope

Everton was pretty good too

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Thank God for that. Really needed a win.

Axedsoul
Axedsoul

That’s why I love this game. You’d think that you have it all figured out and bam it’s going to surprise you with something like this.
P.S. we should start Welbz in every match, he never fails to entertain.

The Peter Simpsons
The Peter Simpsons

Welbz was superb, as were they all. That boy may be far from the lethal striker we hoped but you’ve got to say he puts in a shift!!

A.B
A.B

Agreed, he had a great game

Tim
Tim

Missed a one on one to put the tie to bed. Constantly touched the ball like a newborn giraffe on ice. And the spectacular fluffed shot at the end was just the icing.

It a wonderful night, but no need to lower our standards and praise that as brilliant performance. Running a lot is just what you’d expect from anyone paid to play.

George
George

Fair play.

NewSeason
NewSeason

Chuffed with the performance. Amazing work. Let’s continue on and keep this up.

Wengerballz
Wengerballz

Looks like we finally turned the team off and on again

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Should have tried that before

Lonely Lonesome
Lonely Lonesome

Yay ! Feels Good to be winning again. Great week so far with Spurs getting $crewed yesterday

Hank1979
Hank1979

that was nice. welbeck is an enogma. works hard but clueless

Mistafi
Mistafi

Enogma.. hmm let me pull out my welbsters?

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Lol. Enigma I guess. Typo

gooner
gooner

An enigma to his apologists.

Those who know he’s not good enough already know. But like modern Arsene, he’s ours and we have to support him till hopefully we replace him at the earliest opportunity.

Damobot
Damobot

I’m fed up with Wellbeck jibes. He was excellent the first couple of seasons but theb had an injury and has been out for a long time. I adnit he has not been tge same since his return but does he deserve all the abuse and negative comments?? I don’t think so. He doesn’t run his mouth and runs himself to ground (literally) whenever he plays so there is no question of commitment about him. He is just struggling to keep his feet on the ground at the moment.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

He’s our 3rd choice CF. Better than many other teams 3rd choice CF.

Gudaffiduck
Gudaffiduck

That one at 1-0 where he tackled the keeper it hit his head and went just wide. Only welbeck has that weird skill to score (almost) comical goals so consistently

pkiwi
pkiwi

He did slow up towards the end. I wanted Eddie on to provide a fresh-legs offensive threat as it gives me the shits when we invite pressure

Superfrog
Superfrog

Man of the match performance …..

Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope
Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope

Nice work Gunners! Let’s do this in the League from now on. No more shit showers please

Hank1979
Hank1979

enigma that would be

geolgau
geolgau

Blimey, actually resembled a football team. How i missed that simple sight.

Christopher Wreh
Christopher Wreh

Well well well. The players looked up for it, and surprise surprise we play like that. There is a team in there somewhere! Danny Welbeck ran his heart out and apart from tripping over himself was fantastic I thought. Calum Chambers won everything in the air. Xhaka too, thought he was really good.

Now finish the job next week

Raok
Raok

It’s amazing what can happen when your defenders defend and your strikers score.

gooner
gooner

He didn’t

granit(e) hard!
granit(e) hard!

Granted, but methinks his comical entertainment value is certainly worth a goal, no?

GeorgeTheNairobiGunner
GeorgeTheNairobiGunner

I did not see that coming.

Dave
Dave

Wasn’t expecting this, but i welcome it with open arms. Dortmund lost at home, if we focus and play well, maybe we can go far in this competition. Still dread at the thought of playing against Atletico Madrid tho

Always Arsenal
Always Arsenal

On our day we can beat anyone.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

1. Great first half, scrappy second.
2. Milan a very average side.
3. We should have killed off the tie tonight with a 3rd and 4th goal.
4. Why do I get the feeling that we’ll make it hard for ourselves in the return?
5. Where were these players at Wembley against City and Spurs?
6. Wenger out – but only after we’ve won the Europa League!

granit(e) hard!
granit(e) hard!

Fatso, give it a rest man, why cant you let us enjoy in peace, what is these days a rare moment (an Arsenal away win!)…funny enough, I actually agree with all your points apart from the one about Milan being an average side. No they are not!…13 games unbeaten in all competitions, long history in Europe, just spent over 200 mill last summer strengthening their squad. truth is we played well tonight and you should be magnanimous enough to give credit when it is due.

btw
btw

Milan were pretty bad tonight, passing the ball straight out of play, terrible crosses, pretty average. They were so built up by the media, but they are 7th in that comparatively weak league for a reason.

granit(e) hard!
granit(e) hard!

I don’t agree with you. in my opinion, it was a game of two halves, like most top flight games are. In the first half, arsenal played well, pressed high and forced the errors….basically, they made them ‘look’ average. in the second half, they came back stronger and it was evident in the possession stats, but arsenal was compact and defended well despite all their pressure. Does tonight’s performance make them an average side? no!, they were just outplayed tonight…they can come back to the emirates next week and if we are not on our game, give us a hiding! This is an Italian giant, a club with history and pride, just like arsenal, so i will suggest we all respect what the boys did tonight for what it is. i am not saying just because of tonight all of our problems are over, what i am saying is it is only fair to give them the credit when they do get it right, as arsenal fans.

VAgooner
VAgooner

i can’t wait to hear what that douche that said he felt sorry for us for drawing them says when he’s asked how it feels to lose 2-0 at home in the first leg

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

You know were having a good game when Wenger is barking out tactical instructions. Best game of 2018 for us.
Fair play to Welbeck he still can’t hit the back of the net but he put in a shift and more tonight..Did Ozil. Mhki and Jacks running as well as his own in the second half.

btw
btw

I can’t remember the last time Welbeck took a well hit shot that was on target. Chambers had a better shot on goal than Welbeck did. I’ve had plenty of patience with him, but I don’t think it will happen.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

His strike against the turf in the dying minutes was impressive.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

He was being fouled at the time…

Nordin
Nordin

Ospina…and a clean sheet! And at an away game (San Siro of all places)
Good job lads. Ozil second assist for Ramsey was a typical him.

Nordin
Nordin

Give credit where it os due. Running out to do a sliding clearance can also be call Ospina moments…coz Ive never seen Cech did that, instead I remember he missed an easy clearance resulting in a goal for the opposition. Shot stopping, penalty saving, one to one saves, sliding tackles….well that is Ospina. And I love him as our GK!!

Zonda
Zonda

We are the Arsenal. The mental, mental, Arsenal!

Gooner223
Gooner223

A little bit of confidence, a little bit of quality and collective sigh of relief can be heard throughout the Arseblog – even if it’s just for a day!

Der Kaiser
Der Kaiser

Today, we’re proud of you!

My Name Is Not Bob
My Name Is Not Bob

I can’t remember how good it feels to win!

Laudgunner
Laudgunner

Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.

Sigh, good job guys..

Liam Chip Butty

Well!

The Universal
The Universal

Ramsey though?

Liam Chip Butty

Milan were rubbish to be honest.

chopper4001
chopper4001

It was a good performance from us (at last), but I’ve never seen a more bang average Milan side. They’d struggle against most of the PL.

Granted I haven’t watched Italian football since it was on C4 but…

Babu-yi
Babu-yi

Chambers had a good game

Sven-Erik
Sven-Erik

Yes, this game was the one of hundred games from Chambers. The other 99 was very bad. But..this one was realy good.

Clock-End-Mike
Clock-End-Mike

The game was won after Gunnerblog posted a video entitled “Why I wouldn’t start Mkhitaryan against Milan”. At last we know Mkhitaryn and Özil _can_ play together!

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

Someone should check on Gunnerblog to make sure he’s okay; there’s no telling how badly he injured himself for AFC to get a result like this

Easy tiger
Easy tiger

That was FUN!!!!

Igor Stepanovs
Igor Stepanovs

Xhaka > Pirlo

GunnerDareMKD
GunnerDareMKD

Well when the draw was made i commented that bonuci is only a good CB and that Juve made him top class alongside chiellini who is far away better and the juve tactical plan and I was slated and thumbed down. Well what about now also said milan have shit players and to name one players who can get in our 11 except of their GK and bonucci i was again thumbed down now you have your evidence as even welbeck looked class to comparison to their forward.

Always Arsenal
Always Arsenal

Don’t really like the tone. But I fear you are right enough without endearing yourself to anyone.

Mpls
Mpls

But enough about the team. Let’s hear a little about you!

Billy+Enfield
Billy+Enfield

Did you really get thumbs down back then???
That’s out of order, mate!

But I’m still thumbing you down tonight! ?

A P
A P

Getting thumbed down is your forte.

santori
santori

That’s more like it.

Very decent win considering the rut we were in. It’s back up the stairs we go.

Now the naysayers are playing it down saying its the weakest Milan side since forever…when they were trumping it up lauding Gatusso for the turn around and their unbeaten 13 game streak.

Now its the players who will get credit not the gaffer.

Like I said, I’d be happy to win the cup even IF Wenger then wants to see through the last season (but not another extension)

If we play to our worth, we can beat anyone. Looks like Athletico are the danger team now.

But we are at half time and we need to complete the job back at the emirates.

VITAL/decent two away goals but lets not get carried away.

Still lots of positives.

WellArsed
WellArsed

Much improved performance but – not to take anything away from that – I was surprised at how toothless Milan was on the night.

Razznik
Razznik

This ‘It would have been a very Welbeck goal” got me laughing like a possessed man.

Superfrog
Superfrog

This was unqualified fun – a victory at the San Siro in front of 70000 Milan supporters against a team which had not conceded a goal in 600 minutes and not lost in 14 matches ….. no ifs and buts here .

baz00r
baz00r

Milan were quite poor and didn’t really offer much going forward. However credit where credit is due we still played a really solid game and controlled it well in the last 10 minutes to ensure they didn’t nick one at the end.

Two things towards the end of the game stood out for me, firstly why Xhaka thought it was a good idea to take a pop from 35 yards when we were trying to run the clock down is beyond me. Secondly I find Welbeck rather amusing.

American Gooner
American Gooner

We did aight! What an improvement. I was particularly pleased with the performances from Chambers and AMN. Mustafi even got his requisite reckless flying tackle in! Shame about the injuries though, we really ought to buy another right back. That Calabria kid looked to fit the bill, sign him up.

Albert
Albert

That’s why he’worth £350k per week – watch the match back in slow motion and there were 2 killer passes that split a defence – guess who?

Dan D
Dan D

They’re not great but we played well. Game was stretched from off as they clearly fancied it but we moved the ball better than we have for ages.

There was good pace and movement to our play and in Welbeck a very willing runner.

He had a decent game up too and showed what he’s capable of. Been a lot of negativity agsinst him of late but without the consideration that he needs a run in the side after an horrific few years with injuries.

Led the line superbly at Wembley in May and again tonight. I get that’s not a very fashionable view at the moment but got to say it as you see it.

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Well I didn’t see that coming. Well done lads!

6666
6666

Why is it that whenever we lose, we are rubbish but whenever we win, opposition are are rubbish?.. Whenever we win, it has never down to us being good to some fans..

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Literally my thoughts too….and that negativity about the opposition adds to the spiral of negativity.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

A nice away win. Happy that we finally won and have a clean sheet (Ospina’s clean sheet, despite the flappy moments). It was a pitty that Welbs didn’t bundled home that third goal….a very Wellbekian style indeed. Keep up the good work.
Now, the next BIG task is to fix our DISASTROUS home record in european competition!