Gattuso has restored AC Milan's identity - Shevchenko

Lawrence Cooper
March 9, 2018

Or something? Anyway, Arsenal travel to Italy today in order to take on AC Milan in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan drove Arsenal into a 15th-minute lead with his first goal for the club, and a shellshocked Milan fell further behind before half-time as Aaron Ramsey waltzed through to score.

And Wenger, who host Milan at the Emirates next Thursday, was pleased with his side's response to their nightmare run of form.

In other results, Dortmund were stunned at home 2-1 by Austrian side Salzburg while Lyon pipped CSKA Moscow 1-0 in Russian Federation.

"It is a hard situation for us", he told DAZN. "And that's what we have shown, we needed to find mental resources". When you're half knocked down and you have to face another opponent before you got up again.

The Gunners, though, almost overturned the massive deficit in the return leg with a 3-0 victory at the Emirates, which went down as one of the classic fixtures of the modern Champions League era. "We have to finish the job at home", Wenger added.

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Hakan Calhanoglu perhaps could have won a penalty had he made a decision to go to ground after beating David Ospina to the ball, and Gattuso must have wished he had when the Gunners broke the deadlock.

Milan improved in the second half, but wasted their best chances, failing to truly test Ospina.

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

Here are five things we learned from the 2-0 victory.

Diego Simeone's side, who were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stage after finishing behind Roma and Chelsea, put themselves in a dominant position thanks to goals from Saul Niguez, Diego Costa and Koke.

Whilst that is only one of two European Trophies that Arsenal have won, the Gunners also played in the Champions League for 19 consecutive seasons (including reaching one final), with only Real Madrid bettering that.

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