Thursday, 8 March 2018

Arsenal Respond To Critics With Milan Win.



   Arsenal answered their critics and kept their season alive with a 2-0 win at AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday.
   It's only early March but as they stepped out at the San Siro, Arsenal's players knew their 2017/18 campaign would be as good as over with a heavy defeat to in-form AC Milan.With Arsenal miles behind in the top-four race, defeated in the Carabao Cup final and out of the FA Cup, beleaguered boss Arsene Wenger could not afford another disappointment in this Europa League last-16 first-leg tieBut in the face of all the criticism that has poured their way and the 'negative spiral' Laurent Koscielny said the players were going through, Arsenal responded in remarkable style.
After the shock of Ostersunds, the back-to-back humbling at the hands of Manchester City and the desperate display in defeat at Brighton, few would have predicted Arsenal to come up with a result - and a performance - like this.
There was an early nervousness - understandable from an Arsenal team which had lost four in a row. While a Henrikh Mkhitaryan shot into the side netting signalled the visitors' intent to take the game to their hosts, a But then, in the space of a couple of first-half minutes, fortune smiled on the Gunners.
Hakan Calhanoglu's decision to skip over David Ospina's reckless slide, rather than allow himself to be taken out by the Colombian, was costly for Milan. A penalty would surely have been awarded had he hit the deck. Moments later Arsenal were ahead, thanks to Mkhitaryan's shot looping up and in off Leonardo Bonucci. Milan 'keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was left with no chance.

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