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Arsene Wenger came out fighting after claiming a stunning Europa League victory

The Frenchman showed he's not dead and buried yet with a well-needed victory in the San Siro

Under-pressure Arsene Wenger came out fighting after claiming a stunning Europa League win over AC Milan.

Crucial away goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey made the Gunners red-hot favourites for the quarter-finals.

Under-pressure Wenger said: “It’s like a boxing match when you are half knocked down and you have to face another opponent before you got up again.”

Wenger came out fighting (Image: AFP)

Ozil shined in Milan (Image: AFP)
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The Frenchman has ben fighting to save his job after being outclassed twice last week Manchester City then stunned in a massive upset at Brighton.

But Wenger insisted the quick games in succession had left his side with no time to recover from their Carabao Cup and Premier League maulings.

He added: “In England we have a strange system. We have a League Cup final in the middle of a season.

It was an important win for them (Image: REUTERS)

Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners (Image: Getty Images Europe)

“We played in Sunday and against the same opponents on Thursday. It’s difficult to recover from a defeat in a cup final when you put so much effort in. So you are always in danger.

“That’s what happened to us. We had no breather, no time to recover. So we were backs to the wall night and we had to respond.

“That’s we did. We needed to find mental resources and just because we are disappointed we cannot accept to lose the game.”

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Milan's Hakan Calhanoglu, Giacomo Bonaventura and Patrick Cutrone look dejected (Image: REUTERS)

Wenger insisted he was proud of his heroes for refusing to buckle in the face of Milan’s 13-match unbeaten record under Gennaro Gattuso.

He added: “That’s what you want to show, that we have the mental resources and qualities.

“I spoke about the Cup Final but people forget that to get the Cup Final you need qualities and mental resources.

“We lost against a team that is dominating English football at the moment and we have to accept that. That does not mean the team has no spirit. You have to show that until the end of the season.”

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