AC Milan 0 Arsenal 2: Mkhitaryan's first goal lifts Gunners gloom

  • AC Milan 0 Arsenal 2: Mkhitaryan's first goal lifts Gunners gloom

AC Milan 0 Arsenal 2: Mkhitaryan's first goal lifts Gunners gloom

However, Italy worldwide Bonaventura is refusing to take the struggling Gunners lightly and insists the "strong players" Arsene Wenger has available to him will pose Milan a stern test.

Former Arsenal midfielder Aleksandr Hleb has defended Arsene Wenger from all the criticism and believes the Frenchman deserves the club's trust to turn things around.

7' - Chance, Arsenal: Mkhitaryan fires their first chance into the side netting after clever build-up play involving Ozil and Wilshere.

Arsenal put their recent woes behind them with a fine 2-0 victory over AC Milan at the San Siro on Thursday night. First, you must not have a short memory: they owe a lot to Arsene.

But one former player on his side is Grimandi, who spoke to L'Equipe about his former manager's struggles and the harsh words that have been said about him. "The players don't want any particular manager to come in - some speak about Thierry Henry, Carlo Ancelotti and even Rafa Benitez - but they are really frustrated", says the report.

The Europa League is Arsenal's only chance to win a trophy this season and with a top-four league finish looking unlikely, it could also be the club's only route to the Champions League next season. "Today, you're in a judgemental role, but commit yourselves to a club and you'll see it's not simple'".

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"When you have bad results, it's always bad for the team", Koscielny said.

Their aspirations of playing in the Champions League this season can only be saved if they manage to progress in the Europa League where they have the likes of Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid waiting to pounce on them.

Arsene Wenger has admitted that their chances of getting a top-four spot is nearly gone and believes the Europa League is the only way Arsenal can save their chances of appearing in the Champions League next year.

That was in the Champions League, a competition Wenger successfully qualified for over 19 seasons before missing out a year ago.

The attack is far from the most exciting around but they've kept six consecutive clean sheets and history suggests this match will see fewer than three goals - as has been the case in 17 of the aforementioned 25 Europa League ties with Italian teams hosting English sides.

"Arsenal are in a very hard period, but are a great team, but we made too many mistakes", said Gattuso.