De Futebol Arsenal Defeats AC Milan 2-0 at the Italians House!

My guys from Arsenal took a huge step to make it into the semifinals of the Europa League with a 2-0 road win over AC Milan at the Italians house.

The Guardians Amy Lawrence;” After all the weeks of swimming against the tide, the games when their heads dipped, their bodies felt heavier, Arsenal grasped hold of their Europa Leaguelifebelt and gave themselves a chance of saving their season.

If the latter Wenger years have seen Arsenal drift from challenging for the league, their reinvention as a cup team and ability to conjure one-off performances of the calibre that make you wonder why they cannot do this more often, remains intact. They came to Milan and played like a team determined not to take any more punishment. They reminded their critics – and perhaps even themselves – that on their day they can produce a meaningful win.

What a tonic for the pressurised Arsène Wenger, whose capacity to believe his team can dig their way out of any hole is boundless. The strain had been obvious around the Arsenal squad as they travelled to Milan weighed down by crumpled form and cracked confidence. Somehow the colour returned, happiness began to course through the team and rhythm clicked back. Wenger had urged his team to remember how good they were and his players had the courage to show that – instantly the passes became slicker, the tackles more resilient, the finishes more precise.

In an extraordinary first half the story tilted from negative spiral to positive spin, as Arsenal took a commanding two-goal lead thanks to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey (both brilliantly assisted by Mesut Özil).

Milan’s revival under Gennaro Gattuso has lifted the mood at San Siro enough to inspire a wave of fresh optimism in these parts. A near full stadium crackled with energy. But having surfed a wave of optimism inspired by a 12-game unbeaten run, they looked shellshocked as Arsenal’s character returned. Maybe this kind of opponent was not what they anticipated, as Wenger’s men summoned a performance of commitment and attacking intent.

What a tonic for the pressurised Arsène Wenger, whose capacity to believe his team can dig their way out of any hole is boundless. The strain had been obvious around the Arsenal squad as they travelled to Milan weighed down by crumpled form and cracked confidence. Somehow the colour returned, happiness began to course through the team and rhythm clicked back. Wenger had urged his team to remember how good they were and his players had the courage to show that – instantly the passes became slicker, the tackles more resilient, the finishes more precise.

In an extraordinary first half the story tilted from negative spiral to positive spin, as Arsenal took a commanding two-goal lead thanks to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey (both brilliantly assisted by Mesut Özil).

Milan’s revival under Gennaro Gattuso has lifted the mood at San Siro enough to inspire a wave of fresh optimism in these parts. A near full stadium crackled with energy. But having surfed a wave of optimism inspired by a 12-game unbeaten run, they looked shellshocked as Arsenal’s character returned. Maybe this kind of opponent was not what they anticipated, as Wenger’s men summoned a performance of commitment and attacking intent.

Confidence worked its way back into Wenger’s side. When Danny Welbeck and Chambers combined – the former’s neat lay-off met by the latter’s left-foot piledriver – it was as good a sign as any that Arsenal were feeling a lot better about themselves.

The chances to increase that lead came in a flurry before half-time. Welbeck seared down the left channel and into the penalty area but his shot was parried by Donnarumma. Mkhitaryan advanced into another promising position only to skim the crossbar. Would they come to regret those opportunities spurned? The question hung in the air until first-half stoppage time. Özil spied another angle of opportunity, Ramsey made one of his forward sprints, and the Welshman’s composure to slip past Donnarumma and tap into an empty net meant the world to Arsenal.

Arsenal’s vulnerabilities suggest resting on the laurels of an uplifting 45 minutes would be risky. Sitting back is seldom their most reliable modus operandi. So they continued to press. Welbeck came close to a third at the start of the second half.

Milan rallied in fits and spurts but Arsenal defended diligently, ending up with a rare clean sheet adding to the feelgood factors they could take back to London.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/mar/08/arsenal-milan-europa-league-first-leg-match-report

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