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Arsene, a word of advice: take this performance here at the San Siro and bottle it. Screw the lid on extra tight, and whatever you do, don’t spill a drop.

Arsene, a word of advice: take this performance here at the San Siro and bottle it. Screw the lid on extra tight, and whatever you do, don’t spill a drop.

Because Mr Wenger, it’s this Arsenal that keeps you in a job. It’s this Arsenal that has a fighting chance of winning the Europa League. It’s this Arsenal that can muster a semblance of pride from another disappointing season under your stewardship.

READ: The full Europa League match report from the San Siro 

  • Dan Ripley

    Host commentator



Arsenal in pole position to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League

What a night for Arsenal. AC Milan may be mid-table fodder these days but that was still a brilliant showing from the Gunners.

More of those like that in Europe and maybe it might convince Wenger to stay for another season...

You can catch the post-match San Siro reaction on the homepage and here are the night's other full-time results below. We bow out here so all that is left for me to say is thanks for following.

Click here for more fixtures, tables and results with our Match Zone


    FULL-TIME: AC Milan 0-2 Arsenal

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger guided his team to a 2-0 victory at AC Milan


      90+5min: And this is even worse. Welbeck charges with real purpose at the Milan defence but trying to shoot he kicks the ground and falls over as the ball rolls away to safety.


        90+3min: I have to chuckle. Arsenal have the ball 35 yards from goal but rather than keep possession and see out the game, Granit Xhaka instead has a shot at goal that goes miles over the bar. Arsene Wenger is seething - rushing off the bench to berate his midfielder.


          90min: There will be five minutes added on at the San Siro. Four of those probably take into account how long Ozil took to leave the pitch after being substituted.


            Elsewhere around Europe...

            Atletico Madrid are cruising against Lokomotiv Moscow now. They lead 3-0 as Koke sweeps home a cut-back in the last minute.


              Arsenal substitution

              85min: Calum Chambers has picked up a knock and is replaced by Mohamed Elneny

              AC Milan's Franck Kessie (right) is tackled by Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey


                83min: About as close as Milan have come to scoring in this half. Kalinic collects a ball in the centre beyond the Arsenal centre-backs, but his first touch gives Ospina the advantage as the Arsenal goalkeeper races off his line to clear.


                  Arsenal substitution

                  80min: Meanwhile a second change for the Gunners as Mesut Ozil trudges off with the slowest walk you have ever seen as he is replaced by Rob Holding.


                    AC Milan substitution

                    79min: Final change from Milan as moments after Suso has a shot so bad it goes out for a throw in, former Sunderland striker Fabio Borini replaces Davide Calabria.


                      Elsewhere around Europe...

                      Goals in all four of our 6pm last-16 clashes now as Lyon lead 1-0 at CSKA Moscow courtesy of a Marcelo strike.

                      Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid is congratulated on his goal by team-matesBorussia Dortmund pulled a goal back against Red Bull Salzburg through Andre Schurrle


                        72min: ...the strike though hits the wall and Arsenal eventually scramble clear.

                        AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso gestures from the touchline at the San Siro


                          71min: Aaron Ramsey is booked for a high foot on Lucas Biglia (very harsh) giving AC Milan a free-kick central to goal 23 yards out.


                            AC Milan substitution

                            69min: Second change for AC Milan as Andre Silva replaces Patrick Cutrone.


                              68min: A half-chance for the hosts. Shkodran Mustafi fails to head clear properly from a corner and with a first-time strike Ricardo Rodriguez fires just wide.


                                65min: Arsenal still look about as comfortable as you can at 2-0 up, with Milan rather right now in terms of trying to create anything. They have only improved minorly since the break.


                                  Arsenal and AC Milan substitutions

                                  62min: A change for both teams. Sead Kolasinac has picked up a knock and is replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles, while AC Milan send on former Blackburn Rovers reject Nikola Kalinic for Hakan Calhanoglu.

                                  Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger watches on from the touchline at the San Siro


                                    60min: Meanwhile in Milan, Mkhitaryan is booked as the hosts continue to probe at the Arsenal defence without too much success.


                                      Elsewhere around Europe...

                                      Cracking game in Dortmund where the hosts have pulled one back against Red Bull Salzburg, with Andre Schurrle bundling home a cross.


                                        55min: No strong desire for Arsenal to press for a third goal. Understandable as they already have a result they will be more than happy to go back to the Emirates Stadium with.

                                        Milan are attacking more in this period but do you know what, I fancy the Gunners to grab a third on the counter attack here. They still look comfortable at the back.

                                        AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saw his clearance bounce off Danny Welbeck and just wide


                                          Elsewhere around Europe...

                                          What a belter! Red Bull Salzburg lead 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund as following a cut-back to the edge of the box, Berisha is on hand to fire home a rising drive.


                                            49min: Goodness me, Arsenal should be 3-0 up! Franck Kessie's back pass is horrendous and it allows Danny Welbeck in. But Gianluigi Donnarumma races out his goal to get a block, with the ball then ricocheting off Welbeck before bouncing just wide.


                                              48min: A half-time team talk spent with Gattuso should fire up the home side for the second half and they come out on the attack. The Arsenal defence standing up firm so far though.


                                                The SECOND HALF is underway at the San Siro - no changes

                                                Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates scoring his side's second goal against AC Milan


                                                  Elsewhere around Europe...

                                                  And you can add a second Atletico Madrid goal to the below scores as at the very start of the second half Diego Costa has tapped home following a rebound off an Antoine Griezmann effort.

                                                  Red Bull Salzburg have also scored a penalty at Borussia Dortmund through Valon Berisha.


                                                    Here are the HALF-TIME scores from across the Europa League

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                                                      From OptaJoe

                                                      100 - Mesut Özil has now been directly involved in 100 goals in 189 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions (63 goals and 37 assists). Maestro. pic.twitter.com/WpwhjYii0H

                                                      — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 8, 2018


                                                        And the scoreline does not flatter Arsenal...

                                                        It's been an excellent first half performance from Arsenal who are playing so well they could probably wrap up this tie tonight with another couple of goals in the second half.

                                                        That's how weak Milan have been, and I am not sure they have it in them to find another gear for the second period.

                                                        here is how Arsenal doubled their lead:

                                                        The flick 👌
                                                        The pass 😍
                                                        The finish 😎

                                                        A beautiful Arsenal goal puts them 2-0 up in Italy... pic.twitter.com/VqtmsrtJau

                                                        — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 8, 2018


                                                          HALF-TIME: AC Milan 0-2 Arsenal

                                                          Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey scores his side's second goal on the cusp of half-time


                                                            GOAL! AC Milan 0-2 ARSENAL

                                                            45+4min: Wenger out though, yea? Ozil's through ball plays in an onside Aaron Ramsey, who then simply takes the ball past Donnarumma before tapping home.

                                                            Click here for more maps and stats with our excellent Match Zone


                                                              45+2min: What a miss! From that free-kick Arsenal break, with Welbeck picking out Mkhitaryan inside the box. The midfielder again cuts onto his right foot but this time his shot across goal bounces off the top of the crossbar. Should score.


                                                                45+1min: Suso's free-kick hits the top of the wall as four minutes are added on.


                                                                  45min: Last chance for AC Milan to rescue something from this half as Wilshere's trip on Suso gives the hosts a free-kick 30 yards out to the right.


                                                                    43min: Another Arsenal chance. This time Welbeck breaks away down the left before cantering into the box, but his low shot across goal is brilliantly saved by Donnarumma.

                                                                    Arsenal's David Ospina and Shkodran Mustafi collide after the goalkeeper's clearance


                                                                      42min: Arsenal will not want half-time to come here. They look much sharper than Milan as they test Donnarumma from the edge of the box.

                                                                      A break down the left leads to Danny Welbeck laying the ball off for Calum Chambers who sees his low shot beaten away.


                                                                        From OptaJoe

                                                                        15 - Since the start of the 2015/16 campaign, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been directly involved in more goals than any other midfielder in the Europa League (15 - nine goals and six assists). Composed. pic.twitter.com/V08y0tTTiN

                                                                        — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 8, 2018


                                                                          36min: Not a bad delivery from Bonaventura who whips in a curling ball from the left which just arcs wide. Suso did not gamble with a run at the far post and it allowed Ospina the luxury of watching it bounce out.

                                                                          Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right) celebrates with his teammate Jack Wilshere after scoring


                                                                            33min: It's been a rather tough first half to watch so far, even counting for Arsenal's goal. The Gunners for me remain the team with more attacking nous but there is not much urgency from the Gunners to get a second goal right now.

                                                                            AC Milan just look very ordinary.


                                                                              30min: Arsenal have been the better team but Milan do still carry a threat. Ospina punches clear a Suso cross in front of Crutone before Bonaventura fires a 20-yard drive well wide.

                                                                              David Ospina (right) of Arsenal lunges at the feet of AC Milan's Hakan Calhanoglu


                                                                                From OptaPaolo

                                                                                599 - Prior to Henrikh Mkhitaryan's goal, AC Milan had gone 599 minutes without conceding in all competitions. Stop.

                                                                                — OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) March 8, 2018


                                                                                  Elsewhere around Europe...

                                                                                  Saul Niguez has scored a cracking goal to give Atletico Madrid the lead over Lokomotiv Moscow, rifling home a rising drive from 25 yards out. It remains goalless in the other two last-16 games.

                                                                                  They backed off, and backed off... BANG 💥

                                                                                  You should probably close down Saul Niguez 😳

                                                                                  📺 BT Sport 3 HD pic.twitter.com/FWnqo7j4On

                                                                                  — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 8, 2018

                                                                                  Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez celebrates after scoring against Lokomotiv Moscow


                                                                                    From OptaJoe

                                                                                    7 - Seven of Henrikh Mkhitaryan's last nine goals in all competitions have been scored in European fixtures (six in the Europa League and one in the Champions League). Platform. pic.twitter.com/IuWluioql1

                                                                                    — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 8, 2018


                                                                                      21min: Not much from either side since the goal - which is bad for Milan more than anything else. Arsenal have already done their job this evening by grabbing the away goal. Even, say, a 2-1 defeat for the Gunners now would not be a terrible result ahead of the second leg at the Emirates Stadium.

                                                                                      Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal scores his side's first goal against AC MilanMkhitaryan celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's opening goal


                                                                                        18min: This has been a great start from Arsenal who have looked comfortable since a poor opening five minutes.

                                                                                        Here is Mkhitaryan's goal:

                                                                                        What a time to get your first Arsenal goal! 🔴⚪️

                                                                                        Henrikh Mkhitaryan strikes to put the Gunners ahead in Milan 🙌 pic.twitter.com/MUGMlrFBGk

                                                                                        — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 8, 2018


                                                                                          GOAL! AC Milan 0-1 ARSENAL

                                                                                          15min: Big moment in this tie. Mesut Ozil picks out Henrikh Mkhitaryan inside the box, who after cutting onto his right foot unleashes a shot that deflects off Leonardo Bonucci and past Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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                                                                                            12min: Fans as well as pundits wonder why players go to ground so easily.

                                                                                            Well here we go, folks. Calhanoglu takes the ball past David Ospina who comes rushing out his goal and dives at the Milan forward's feet.

                                                                                            It causes Calhanoglu to take evasive action and lose control of the ball, but he stays on his feet as the ball goes out for a goal kick.

                                                                                            had he gone down you could be fairly sure a foul would have been awarded.


                                                                                              10min: Chance for Milan. Poor defending lets in Patrick Cutrone on the left but like Mkhitaryan he too can only find the side netting.


                                                                                                9min: Arsenal are coming more into the game and they penetrate the AC Milan box. Jack Wilshere lays the ball off for Henrikh Mkhitaryan whose near post shot hits the side netting.


                                                                                                  6min: Already there is a stoppage in play as Calum Chambers heads the ball away before his follow through while trying to regain balance sees him headbutt Hakan Calhanoglu.

                                                                                                  After a brief check up he will be ok to continue.

                                                                                                  Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey is bundled off the ball by AC Milan's Giacomo Bonaventura (left) and Hakan Calhanoglu


                                                                                                    3min: Sloppy start from Arsenal who are already looking like pushovers at the back. A cross from the right looked destined for Giacomo Bonaventura at the back post only for a slight deflection to take the ball wide for a corner - that Arsenal just about clear.


                                                                                                      KICK-OFF: AC Milan get us going at the San Siro

                                                                                                      The game gets underway following a minute's applause and silence for Fiorentina captain Davide Astori whose funeral was today.


                                                                                                      Remember to get the most out of our live coverage by following all the action with Sportsmail's excellent Match Zone.

                                                                                                      It features the latest line-ups, formations, match stats and a handy player comparison tool.

                                                                                                      In addition there are heat zones for EVERY player as well as detailed maps of all the goals as they go in. Read more on the above link.

                                                                                                      The San Siro falls silent and then applauds as a mark of respect to Davide Astori, who came through the club's academy 💜 pic.twitter.com/QBfue3FZGJ

                                                                                                      — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 8, 2018


                                                                                                        Out come the players at the San Siro

                                                                                                        Here is a reminder of how the players line-up:

                                                                                                        AC Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez, Kessie, Biglia, Bonaventura, Suso, Cutrone, Calhanoglu.
                                                                                                        Subs: Antonio Donnarumma, Kalinic, Andre Silva, Borini, Zapata, Montolivo, Locatelli.

                                                                                                        Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck.
                                                                                                        Subs: Cech, Holding, Iwobi, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Nelson, Nketiah.

                                                                                                        Referee: Clement Turpin (France)

                                                                                                        "Get real!" 👀
                                                                                                        "Get angry!" 😡@martinkeown5 wants Arsene Wenger and his team to start taking responsibility for their performances... pic.twitter.com/5dM0X0lVc4

                                                                                                        — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 8, 2018


                                                                                                          MARTIN KEOWN: Arsenal need to show fighting spirit in quest to win Europa League... Arsene Wenger would have been sacked if he had taken over at start of the season

                                                                                                          'If Arsenal's poor form continues, Arsene Wenger knows he will not be there next season.

                                                                                                          'If he was a new manager who had taken over the club at the start of the season, he would have been sacked.

                                                                                                          'What has struck me in the last few weeks is that every compartment of the team has been found wanting.'

                                                                                                          Read more here

                                                                                                          Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal warms up before the UEFA Europa League clash


                                                                                                            AC Milan's renaissance comes at bad time for Arsenal... Bonucci has settled while Gattuso has them playing entertaining football

                                                                                                            SHERIDAN BIRD: It's AC Milan against city rivals Inter in the 2002-03 Champions League semi-final first leg. On the hour mark, a dark-haired figure in red and black curls a brilliant shot towards the far post.

                                                                                                            The ball is going in, until Inter keeper Francesco Toldo saves magnificently.

                                                                                                            The thwarted Milan player punches the ground in rage. Who was it? Rui Costa, Andrea Pirlo, Filippo Inzaghi? No, it was Gennaro 'Ringhio' Gattuso. That moment showcased his lesser-known technical side as well as his emotional nature.

                                                                                                            Read more here

                                                                                                            Leonardo Bonucci of AC Milan swings his arms during the warm up


                                                                                                              The warm ups are underway at the San Siro

                                                                                                              Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (left) warms up prior to the match at the San SiroArsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech drops to the bench for the Europa League clashThe Arsenal players jog in a line as part of their warm up preperationAc Milan's Giacomo Bonaventura prepares ahead of the first leg last-16 clash


                                                                                                                Arsenal meanwhile are by contrast in atrocious form

                                                                                                                The Gunners are looking to end a losing run which currently stands at four following defeats by Ostersund, Manchester City (twice) and Brighton at the weekend.

                                                                                                                Supporters pose with half-half scarves ahead of the clash between Arsenal and AC Milan


                                                                                                                  So just how good are AC Milan these days?

                                                                                                                  One glance at the Serie A table would suggest they are not exactly the same powerhouse from the early 1990s.

                                                                                                                  Yet their recent form under Gattuso has been impressive. They are undefeated since Christmas and while they are still playing catch up, you still cannot rule them out of a top four finish and a Champions League place to go with it.

                                                                                                                  Click here for more fixtures, tables and results with our Match Zone


                                                                                                                    AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has taken his maverick playing style into the dugout... he's still the man who tried to kill Andrea Pirlo with a fork

                                                                                                                    AMITAI WINEHOUSE: Name another manager in the world who lets his players gather round and slap him on the head. You might struggle. Then again, there are few who have the attitude of Gennaro Gattuso.

                                                                                                                    'I'm not Padre Pio,' Gattuso said when he was unveiled as AC Milan manager back in November, comparing himself to a Saint. That much has always been true.

                                                                                                                    Read more here


                                                                                                                      The famous old San Siro Stadium is looking ready for a night of action

                                                                                                                      The scoreboard shows the club badges of both teams before the Europa League tieClouds hang over the San Siro ahead of the last-16 tie between AC Milan and Arsenal


                                                                                                                        Meanwhile AC Milan go unchanged...

                                                                                                                        AC Milan name the same team that defeated Lazio on penalties last Wednesday in the Coppa Italia, which means a start for former Liverpool player Suso.

                                                                                                                        Scarves are sold outside the stadium before the UEFA Europa League match


                                                                                                                          AC Milan starting XI

                                                                                                                          Donnarumma, Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez, Kessie, Biglia, Bonaventura, Suso, Cutrone, Calhanoglu.

                                                                                                                          🔊 TURN SOUND ON 🔊
                                                                                                                          And come to San Siro with us as we present you our starting XI 🆚 @Arsenal
                                                                                                                          Ready to be hyped? 👊🏼
                                                                                                                          Le emozioni, la voce, il boato di San Siro 🏟
                                                                                                                          Ovunque voi siate, Benvenuti nella casa del Miiiiiilaaaaaan ♥⚫#ACMAFC #UEL #weareateam pic.twitter.com/i8tx2zaDmZ

                                                                                                                          — AC Milan (@acmilan) March 8, 2018


                                                                                                                            Arsenal make three changes following the 2-1 defeat at Brighton

                                                                                                                            With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cup-tied, Danny Welbeck comes into the attack while Aaaron Ramsey replaces Alex Iwobi in midfield and Petr Cech makes way for David Ospina between the sticks.

                                                                                                                            An Arsenal match shirt hangs next to the pennant in the away dressing roomArsenal will be playing in their change blue strip at the San SiroThe Gunners hope to dump out AC Milan in the last-16 of the Europa League


                                                                                                                              Arsenal starting XI

                                                                                                                              📋 Here's how we line up at San Siro for tonight's game against @acmilan #ACMvAFC pic.twitter.com/tVuSbXwxgF

                                                                                                                              — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 8, 2018


                                                                                                                                Here are all of this evening's last-16 Europa League ties to be played

                                                                                                                                Click here for more fixtures, tables and results with our Match Zone


                                                                                                                                  We are now fully into 'Save Our Season' territory at Arsenal

                                                                                                                                  Hopes of reaching the Premier League top four seem to be disappearing, so if Arsenal want to get back into the UEFA Champions League they are going to have to get around Europe first.

                                                                                                                                  First stop in the Europa League knock out stage was Sweden, next up for the Gunners is Italy as I welcome you to Sportsmail's live coverage of AC Milan vs Arsenal.

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                                                                                                                                    With hopes of reaching the Premier League top four dwindling by the week, Arsenal look to progress in the Europa League as they visit AC Milan in their first leg last-16 clash.

                                                                                                                                    UEFA's secondary competition is increasingly looking likely to provide the Gunners a back door entrance back into the Champions League but they face their first serious test in the form of the Italian giants.

                                                                                                                                    Elsewhere Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid are also in action and you can follow all the drama as it happens with Sportsmail.

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