Arsenal's saviour? Wenger sets his sights on Madrid defender

Wenger spoke before the game about his team showing fight without compromising their attacking principles - and they delivered in a dominant first-half performance.

Arsenal won the Fairs Cup the year after us in 1970.

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

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny admitted that the pressure is on after shocking 2-1 defeat at Brighton last Sunday, which followed back-to-back 3-0 loss to Manchester City and a home defeat to Swedish Ostersunds.

"Alexis could be hard at times, but the players think it sent the wrong message to sell him to a rival".

Milan will look to counter him by playing Lucas Biglia in a holding midfield role, picking up Ozil's runs, intercepting passes between their defensive and midfield lines; and screening his back four.

Milan are a collective unit who work like their manager.

The last nine years alone have seen nine managers in the hot seat, and has seen the club go from being regular Champions League finalists to just about scraping to qualify for the Europa League.

"Our message to the club is that they must be proactive and take the decision sooner rather than later".

Therefore, there was optimism among the 70,000 Rossoneri fans inside the atmospheric San Siro that Gattuso's side could make a huge statement in front of a bigger European audience.

It is widely believed the Arsenal board are finally coming around to the fact that they can not allow Wenger to continue and a change is expected to be made in the summer.

For 13 games straight, AC Milan haven't known losing.

First half goals from Henrik Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey stunned the Gennaro Gatusso's side to put the Gunners in a commanding position for next week's second leg.

He should have scored a second, clipping the crossbar shortly before Ramsey doubled the lead.

Arsenal's 2-0 victory at AC Milan must be a "watershed" moment for Arsene Wenger and the club, Liam Rosenior told The Debate.

The chances of the 19-year-old megastar-in-the-making of leaving San Siro at the end of the season bumped up a notch with the story that current Napoli keeper, Pepe Reina, had agreed a deal for a switch to Milan at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger will be hoping one of those setbacks comes against his side, but if you had to pick any team in Europe that does not fancy coming up against an "ugly", "angry" AC Milan and be "smashed in the teeth" it would probably be Arsenal.

Milan field their best XI with Suso, Hakan Calhanoglu and impressive Patrick Cutrone against Mesut Ozil's stuttering Arsenal. But Arsenal have no other striking options.

  • Eleanor Harrison