Arsenal started the second half as they ended the first with great confidence and belief and they nearly made it 3-0 straight away but sadly it was Danny Welbeck on the end of it! Bonaventuea was in the mood to retaliate and he came close in the next few minutes but Ospina was equal to it. Kolasinac went off injured and Maitland-Niles slotted in perfectly in his place.
Arsenal, incredibly, looked totally in control and dealt with everything Milan threw at them, although the Italians were growing in confidence after a couple of substitutions. The Gunners decided to camp in their own half and soak up the pressure and with 20 minutes to go it looked their game plan was perfectly executed as Milan wre looking extremely frustrated. Milan’s pressure was dealt with easily.
But Milan kept up the pressure and brought on another attacker in Borini, the ex-Liverpool flop, but Wenger responded by taking Ozil off and putting on Holding to build up the wall. A 2-0 win would make Arsenal hot hot favourites to progress and the game plan has been perfect from start to end.
Five minutes to go and Wenger took off an injured Chambers, who has looked good tonight, and brought on Elneny who was tested in right back early this season but with terrible results!
But Arsenal were imperious and gave Milan no chance at all. I can’t remember seeing Arsenal playing this well any time this year and all Gooners should be feeling confident that Arsenal have turned the corner and we can look forward to the usual end-of-season renaissance…
Milan kept trying but were banging their heads against a brick wall and the only thing we can honestly say is that Arsenal were briliant against a team that hasn’t lost since Christmas. Give credit where it’s due…