Milan – Arsenal won 2-0 over AC Milan in the first leg of the last 16 of the Europa League, at the San Siro on Thursday (8/3/2018). These results make the Gunners end 13 match unbeaten Milan in all competitions.
In four previous matches, Arsenal swallowed defeat. They subdued 1-2 from Ostersunds, twice surrendered from Manchester City with an identical score of 0-3, and lost 1-2 from Brighton.
Playing at home opponent, Arsenal got fierce resistance since the ball rolled. Even so, the Gunners able to win first when the game has been running 15 minutes.
Receiving feedback from Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan managed to fool Davide Calabria and unleashed a hard kick right foot. The round skin had hit the foot of Leonardo Bonucci before finally entering into the goal.
Left behind one goal, I Rossoneri try to retaliate. However, Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu, Suso, to Giacomo Bonaventura always attacked at the foot of Arsenal’s defender.
In injury time, Mkhitaryan almost scored his second goal. However, the ball from the Armenian kick was still hit the crossbar.
Arsenal doubled the lead in the 45th minute + 4th. Receiving feedback from Ozil’s breakthrough, Aaron Ramsey was able to trick goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Without difficulty, Ramsey netted the ball into an empty AC Milan goal. Until the break, the score 2-0 to Arsenal advantage survive.
Enter the second half, AC Milan immediately took the initiative attack. Meanwhile, Arsenal more often survive with the occasional launch counterattack. However, until the game ends, no additional goals are created.
Thanks to this 2-0 victory, opportunities Arsenal qualify for the Europa League quarter-finals wide open. They only need a draw when turn to host AC Milan at Emirates Stadium, March 15, 2018.
Composition of Players
AC Milan: 99-Gianluigi Donnarumma; 2-Davide Calabria (11-Fabio Borini 79 ‘), 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 13-Alessio Romagnoli, 68-Ricardo Rodriguez; 79-Franck Kessie, 21-Lucas Biglia, 5-Giacomo Bonaventure; 8-Suso, 63-Patrick Cutrone (9-Andre Silva 69 ‘), 10-Hakan Calhanoglu (7-Nikola Kalinic 62’)
Coach: Gennaro Gattuso
Arsenal: 13-David Ospina; 21-Calum Chambers (35-Mohamed Elneny 85 ‘), 20-Shkodran Mustafi, 6-Laurent Koscielny, 31-Sead Kolasinac (30-Ainsley Maitland-Niles 62’); 8-Aaron Ramsey, 29-Granite Xhaka; 11-Mesut Ozil (16-Rob Holding 80 ‘), 10-Jack Wilshere, 77-Henrikh Mkhitaryan; 23-Danny Welbeck
Coach: Arsene Wenger