Europa League: Arsenal stun Milan to ease pressure on Wenger | Football News
Henrikh Mkhitaryan drove Arsenal right into a 15th-minute lead together with his first objective for the membership, and a shell-shocked Milan fell additional behind earlier than half-time as Aaron Ramsey waltzed by means of to attain.
Wenger desperately wanted a optimistic consequence after coming beneath strain for a run of 4 straight defeats, and he acquired simply that towards a Milan aspect who noticed a 13-match unbeaten run ended.
Gennaro Gattuso’s seven-time European champions now have all of it to do forward of the second leg on the Emirates in seven days’ time.
However Arsenal, 13 factors adrift of the highest 4 within the Premier League, will probably be assured of constant their bid to return to the Champions League by profitable Europe’s second-tier competitors for the primary time.
Arsenal began brightly on the San Siro however had been fortunate to not concede a penalty when Hakan Calhanoglou stayed on his ft regardless of showing to have been fouled by onrushing Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.
Simply moments later Arsenal broke the impasse, as Mesut Ozil fed Armenian Mkhitaryan, a January signing from Manchester United, to chop inside and hearth in a shot which deflected previous house keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma off Leonardo Bonucci.
The Gunners grew in confidence after that strike, with Donnarumma making two good saves late within the opening interval to disclaim Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck, earlier than Mkhitaryan hit the crossbar.
However the guests did double their benefit earlier than the interval, as Ramsey ran onto Ozil’s perfectly-weighted by means of ball and rounded Donnarumma to faucet into an empty web.
Milan improved within the second half, however wasted their finest probabilities, failing to actually take a look at Ospina.
Giacomo Bonaventura scooped a shot over when he ought to have finished higher, whereas Suso drilled a left-footed strike out for a throw-in.
Colombian keeper Ospina did properly to beat Nikola Kalinic to a by means of ball when the substitute appeared to be in on objective, as Arsenal closed out a much-needed win.
Borussia Dortmund slumped to a shock first-leg 2-1 loss at house to Salzburg, though Andre Schurrle’s second-half strike did minimize the deficit forward of subsequent week’s return recreation in Austria.
Kosovo worldwide Valon Berisha scored twice shortly after half-time to place Salzburg in management, the primary from the penalty spot, and go away German giants Dortmund going through a shock exit.
La Liga title challengers Atletico Madrid eased to a Three-Zero victory over Lokomotiv Moscow on the Wanda Metropolitano.
Diego Simeone’s aspect, who had been dumped out of the Champions League within the group stage after ending behind Roma and Chelsea, put themselves in a dominant place due to objectives from Saul Niguez, Diego Costa and Koke.
Spanish worldwide Costa has now scored six objectives for Atletico since returning to the membership from Chelsea in January.
Brazilian defender Marcelo scored the one objective as final season’s semi-finalists Lyon grabbed a 1-Zero win at CSKA Moscow, as they give the impression of being to go one higher this time period with the ultimate at their Groupama Stadium.