Europa League: Arsenal stun AC Milan in San Siro

The Gunners headed to Italy on the back of their worst run of form in 16 years, losing each of their last four, but they produced a professional performance to come away victorious

Arsenal earned a 2-0 win over AC Milan at San Siro to take a commanding lead into next week’s Europa League last-16 return leg.
The Gunners headed to Italy on the back of their worst run of form in 16 years, losing each of their last four, but they produced a professional performance to come away victorious.
Chief playmaker Mesut Ozil played a direct part in both first-half goals, setting up Henrikh Mkhitaryan and then Aaron Ramsey as Arsenal put a half to their opponents’ 13-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
All either side had to show for the end-to-end battle were wayward shots from Patrick Cutrone and Henrikh Mkhitaryan into the side-netting, before the Armenian international made a more telling impact on the game 15 minutes in.
After controlling the ball with his chest and cutting on to his right foot, Mkhitaryan powered a shot past Gianluigi Donnarumma via a telling touch on its way through.
Then came a big moment in the tie as moments after Mkhitaryan had clipped the crossbar in a near-replica of his first goal, Mesut Ozil slotted through Aaron Ramsey for the Welshman to round Donnarumma and roll the ball into an unguarded net.
Without a game in eight days due to the postponement of the Milan derby last weekend, an unchanged Rossoneri side were unable to put their freshness to good use.