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  • March 10, 2018

Arsenal came out on tip in a initial leg of this high-profile tie between dual of Europe’s normal heavyweight clubs, rising from a form unemployment to beat AC Milan 2-0 during San Siro. The Gunners contingency now hindrance a extensive run of home defeats in European knockout proviso ties to safeguard their participation in a quarter-finals.

• Arsenal, a sole English member in a UEFA Europa League knockout phase, won 4 of their 6 autumn encounters to tip Group H before knocking out European debutants Östersund in a turn of 32. After winning a initial leg 3-0 in Sweden, they suffered a startle 2-1 better during home.

• Milan have already played 13 UEFA Europa League matches this term, carrying kicked off their debate in a third subordinate round. They surfaced Group D before claiming a 4-0 total win over Bulgarian champions Ludogorets in a turn of 32. Fabio Borini scored in both games as a Rossoneri won 3-0 divided and 1-0 during home.

Previous meetings
• An achieved arrangement by a Gunners in Milan yielded dual first-half goals – from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and, on his foe debut, Aaron Ramsey – as Gennaro Gattuso’s Rossoneri were beaten for a initial time in 2018.

• The clubs have met twice in a UEFA Champions League turn of 16, Arsenal winning in 2007/08 (0-0 home, 2-0 away) and Milan prevalent in 2011/12 (4-0 home, 0-3 away). Arsène Wenger was in assign of a Gunners for both ties with his stream conflicting series Gattuso personification both games for Milan in a initial of them.

Highlights: Milan 0-2 Arsenal

Highlights: Milan 0-2 Arsenal

• Milan have a top palm overall, however, carrying degraded Arsenal 2-0 on total in Feb 1995 in a UEFA Super Cup, sketch 0-0 in London before a 2-0 win in northern Italy.

• Arsenal have an enlivening home record opposite Italian visitors (W9 D4 L2). They have won 5 of their final 6 matches opposite Serie A antithesis in north London, sketch a other – that goalless stand-off with Milan in 2008. Furthermore, they have not conceded in any of those fixtures, a final 5 carrying taken place in a Arsenal Stadium.

• Overall Arsenal’s record opposite Italian antithesis is W16 D8 D8; they also degraded Parma in neutral Copenhagen to win a 1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

• Milan have usually one feat to their name in 16 matches divided from home opposite English clubs, losing on 9 occasions and unwell to measure on their final 3 visits. Their usually win on English dirt was a 1-0 success in a 2004/05 UEFA Champions League turn of 16 opposite Manchester United during Old Trafford – a same belligerent on that they won a UEFA Champions League final on penalties after a 0-0 pull opposite Juventus dual years earlier.

• The Rossoneri’s altogether record opposite English clubs in UEFA foe is W11 D11 L13. Aside from that UEFA Super Cup win opposite Arsenal, they have been concerned in 3 serve trophy-deciders opposite English clubs, winning dual – both in Greece (1-0 opposite Leeds in Salonika to constraint a 1973 European Cup Winners’ Cup and 2-1 opposite Liverpool in Athens to explain a 2007 UEFA Champions League) – and losing one (on penalties to Liverpool in Istanbul after a 3-3 pull in a 2005 UEFA Champions League final).

Form guide
• Arsenal’s eight-match dominant home run in UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League matches (W6 D2) came to an finish in a turn of 32 with their 2-1 better by Östersund.

• The Gunners have mislaid all of their final 6 European home games in a spring, surrender 17 goals. Their final knockout proviso win during a Arsenal Stadium was that 3-0 success opposite Milan – a feat of meagre value as they were separated 4-3 on aggregate.

Arsenal applaud their first-leg victory

Arsenal applaud their first-leg victory©Getty Images

• Qualifying play-offs aside, a final time Arsenal cumulative gift for a subsequent turn of a European foe with a second-leg win in front of their possess fans was behind in 2010, when they recovered from a 2-1 first-leg better during Porto to swell to a UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-0 win in north London, Nicklas Bendtner scoring a hat-trick.

• Arsenal have enlarged their European debate into a open for a 19th unbroken year – all underneath Wenger’s management.

• The north London side have left out of Europe during a turn of 16 theatre in any of a final 7 seasons – all in a UEFA Champions League.

• Arsenal are creation their UEFA Europa League entrance this season. Their final European debate outward a UEFA Champions League was a 1999/2000 UEFA Cup, that finished with a chastisement shoot-out better in a final opposite Galatasaray. They degraded Deportivo La Coruña in that season’s fourth round, or final 16, winning 5-1 during home and losing 1-2 away.

• Milan were undefeated in their initial 9 European matches this season, winning 7 of them (including a initial six), all underneath prior manager Vincenzo Montella. That record finished with a 2-0 detriment during Rijeka on matchday 6 – new trainer Gattuso’s initial European diversion during a helm. Their divided record in Europe this deteriorate is W4 D1 L1, with 10 goals scored and 3 conceded.

• The Rossoneri have competent from any of their final 13 groups in UEFA foe and have now reached a final 16 in all though one of their 15 European campaigns this century – a 2008/09 UEFA Cup, in that they were separated during a turn of 32 theatre by a Werder Bremen side featuring stream Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil.

• The Serie A bar finished a nine-game run though an divided feat in prime European foe (D3 L6) when they degraded Ludogorets in a initial leg of a turn of 32.

• Sixth in Italy final term, Milan are behind in Europe after a four-year deficiency and creation their initial coming in a UEFA Europa League.

Arsène Wenger during a initial leg

Arsène Wenger during a initial leg©AFP/Getty Images

• Arsenal have won 14 divided initial legs in UEFA foe and competent on any occasion, many recently in a turn of 32 when they knocked out Östersund after a 3-0 win in Sweden. The 1-2 second-leg better in north London was a initial time a Gunners had mislaid during home after winning a initial diversion away.

• On a 5 occasions that Arsenal have won a divided initial leg 2-0, they have followed it adult any time with a home win. Indeed, a usually idea they have conceded in any of those second-leg successes came in their final such fixture, a 3-1 feat over Celtic in a 2009/10 UEFA Champions League play-offs.

• The omens are not earnest for Milan’s chances of branch turn a tie. Of a 7 prior occasions they have mislaid a initial leg during home in UEFA foe they have won usually once, opposite Saarbrücken in a 1955/56 European Cup initial round, Milan’s initial European tie, when a 4-3 better in Italy was followed by a 4-1 divided success. Most recently, they went down 4-1 during Atlético Madrid after losing 1-0 during home in a 2013/14 UEFA Champions League turn of 16, their final coming in that competition.

• Milan mislaid 2-0 during home to Barcelona in a 1959/60 European Cup initial turn (1-5 away) and Espanyol in a 1987/88 UEFA Cup second turn (0-0 away).

Milan's Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Granit Xhaka of Arsenal

Milan’s Hakan ÇalhanoÄŸlu and Granit Xhaka of Arsenal©Getty Images

Links and trivia
• This is a usually turn of 16 tie between dual teams who have never formerly played during this theatre of a UEFA Europa League.

• Milan are one of 3 former UEFA Champions League winners remaining in a UEFA Europa League field, Marseille and Borussia Dortmund being a others.

• Fabio Borini has played in England for Chelsea (alongside Petr Čech), Swansea, Liverpool and Sunderland. In 7 Premier League encounters with Arsenal he has never won (D2 L5) and never scored; he was sent off in a 2-2 pull during Anfield on 21 Dec 2014.

• Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi played in Italy for Sampdoria between 2012 and 2014, sketch once and losing twice in his 3 encounters with Milan.

• Leonardo Bonucci (penalty) and Özil both scored in a 1-1 pull between Italy and Germany in a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final –and afterwards both missed their spot-kicks in a chastisement shoot-out as Germany prevailed. Özil also scored opposite Italy in a UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final though Bonucci’s side won a diversion 2-1.

• Özil scored for Real Madrid opposite Milan in a 2010/11 UEFA Champions League organisation theatre as a Spanish side won 2-0. Current Rossoneri trainer Gattuso was in a antithesis midfield.

• Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored for Armenia in both 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers opposite Bonucci’s Italy, a 1-3 better in Yerevan and a 2-2 pull in Naples.

Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores in Italy

Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores in Italy©Getty Images

• International team-mates:
David Ospina and Cristián Zapata (Colombia)
Granit Xhaka and Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland)

• Milan’s Nikola Kalinić was a losing UEFA Europa League finalist in 2015, his Dnipro side going down 3-2 to Sevilla in Warsaw.

• This is a usually vital UEFA foe that Milan have not won. Ajax, Bayern München, Chelsea, Juventus and – as of final May – Manchester United are a usually 5 clubs to have won a European Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

• Arsenal’s total of 6 wins in this season’s UEFA Europa League, organisation theatre to final, is a corner top in a foe – along with Lyon and Zenit.

• Ramsey’s idea in Milan was a 350th scored by an English bar in a UEFA Europa League, organisation theatre to final.

Penalty shoot-outs
• Arsenal’s record in UEFA chastisement shoot-outs is W2 L2:
4-5 v Valencia, 1979/80 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final
3-2 v Sampdoria, 1994/95 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final
1-4 v Galatasaray, 1999/2000 UEFA Cup final
7-6 v Roma, 2008/09 UEFA Champions League turn of 16

• Milan’s record in UEFA chastisement shoot-outs is W4 L1:
7-6 v Lokomotíva Košice, 1978/79 UEFA Cup initial round
4-2 v Crvena zvezda, 1988/89 European Champion Clubs’ Cup second round
3-2 v Roda JC, 2001/02 UEFA Cup fourth round
3-2 v Juventus, 2002/03 UEFA Champions League final
2-3 v Liverpool, 2004/05 UEFA Champions League final

The coaches
• Arsène Wenger has been a Arsenal manager given 1996, heading a Gunners to 3 English titles, a record 7 FA Cup wins and a 2006 UEFA Champions League final. A actor of medium repute, he done his name as a manager with Nancy and Monaco in his local France before relocating to Japan for a brief spell with Nagoya Grampus 8. He is a longest portion manager in a Premier League.

• Gennaro Gattuso transposed Vincenzo Montella as Milan manager on 27 Nov 2017, earning graduation from a club’s girl team. A mythological Rossoneri midfielder of courage and attempt who played for a bar from 1999 to 2012, racking adult 468 appearances in all competitions, he won both Serie A and a UEFA Champions League twice and also carried a FIFA World Cup with Italy in 2006.

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