Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal secured an impressive 2-0 win over AC Milan that puts them on track for the Europa League last eight.
Arsenal seized control of their Europa League last-16 tie with AC Milan courtesy of a 2-0 win at San Siro on Thursday, easing the pressure on Arsene Wenger.
Hakan Calhanoglu perhaps could have won a penalty had he decided to go to ground after beating David Ospina to the ball, and Gattuso must have wished he had when the Gunners broke the deadlock.
Mkhitaryan, collecting Mesut Ozil’s pass, turned past Davide Calabria and sent a shot off the boot of Leonardo Bonucci and into the net, with Gianluigi Donnarumma wrong-footed in goal.
It was the first goal Milan had conceded in 599 minutes and they should really have been punished further, with Danny Welbeck shooting straight at Donnarumma one-on-one and Mkhitaryan clipping the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.
But on the brink of half-time, Arsenal did score a second. Ozil played a fine pass into Ramsey’s path and the Wales midfielder rounded Donnarumma for an easy finish.
Milan ended the first half without a shot on target and they nearly started the second by gifting Arsenal another goal, with Donnarumma doing just enough to deny Welbeck after Franck Kessie wildly kicked the ball into the striker’s path.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
MILAN (4-3-3): G Donnarumma 6; Calabria 6.5 (Borini 79), Bonucci 6, Romagnoli 5.5, Rodriguez 6; Kessie 5.5, Biglia 5.5, Bonaventura 6; Suso 6, Cutrosa 6 (Silva 69, 5.5), Calhanoglu 6 (Kalinic 62)
Unused subs: A. Donnarumma, Zapata, Montolivo, Locatelli
Manager: Gennaro Gattuso 5.5
ARSENAL (4-3-2-1): Ospina 6.5; Chambers 7 (Elneny 85), Mustafi 6.5, Koscielny 7, Kolasinac 6.5 (Maitland-Niles 62, 6); Ramsey 7.5, Xhaka 7, Wilshere 7.5; Mkhitaryan 7.5, Ozil 8 (Holding 80); Welbeck 6.5
Unused subs: Cech, Nelson, Iwobi, Nketiah
Goals: Mkhitaryan 14, Ramsey 45+4
Bookings: Kolasinac 60, Ramsey 71
Manager: Arsene Wenger 7
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA) – 6.5
Gattuso introduced Nikola Kalinic and Andre Silva to bolster Milan’s limp attack, but speculative efforts from Bonaventura and Kessie were about the best the home side could muster, allowing Arsenal to head back to London with a solid lead and a major boost in confidence.