Victory in Milan eases pressure on Arsenal boss

Victory in Milan eases pressure on Arsenal boss

Victory in Milan eases pressure on Arsenal boss

The winger cut in from the left to fire in his first goal for the club with the aid of a deflection off Milan skipper Leonardo Bonucci.

Wenger has in the past been criticised for being too quick to bow to Ozil's needs, with even those inside his own dressing room concerned at the special treatment the Germany global has received.

They got off to the ideal start when Henrikh Mkhitaryan's deflected effort opened the scoring after fifteen minutes and Ramsey then kept his cool to round the keeper and double the lead just before the break.

Shevchenko's former team-mate Gennaro Gattuso was named as his replacement and Milan are now unbeaten in 11 matches - something the Ukrainian believes will shock Arsenal.

All the return legs come up on Thursday, March 15.

Arsenal travelled to Italy looking for respite from a torrid recent run during which the north London club have lost four straight games for the first time since October 2002.

Incredibly the snatched shot wasn't to be rued as Ramsey drove into the box and jinxed and turned before pushing the ball past a despairing keeper to slot home in front of an empty net to make it 2-0 - sending the Arsenal fans here at the San Siro into dreamland.

Milan will look to counter him by playing Lucas Biglia in a holding midfield role, picking up Ozil's runs, intercepting passes between their defensive and midfield lines; and screening his back four. "It was he who picked me up in France and he who brought me back after my experience with Milan".

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Further, the report adds that Diego Simeone won't let his star player leave, unless a replacement is found and the Argentine could be keen on adding the Arsenal man in a swap deal.

Prior to joining Arsenal Wenger managed in Japan where he received the J League Manager of the Year in 1995 after leading Nagoya Grampus Eight to 2nd spot, while he went on to lift the Emperor's Cup and the Super Cup.

Wenger, who has been at Arsenal since 1996, has been criticised by some of his former players who now work as pundits.

Therefore, there was optimism among the 70,000 Rossoneri fans inside the atmospheric San Siro that Gattuso's side could make a huge statement in front of a bigger European audience.

What remains to be seen, though, is if Arsenal have made a decision to shake off the malaise of the last few weeks and show the world that they're still Arsenal, they can still rise to a challenge, and they still belong in - or at the very least can return to being in - the conversation about being in among Europe's best teams.

In contrast to Arsenal, AC Milan are on fine form.

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny echoed his manager's sentiments.

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