Arsenal see off Milan to reach Europa League last eight

Arsenal see off Milan to reach Europa League last eight

Arsene Wenger praised his players for the way they reached the quarter finals of the Europa League after beating AC Milan 3-1.

"We won the two games and finished the (second) game in a convincing way against a solid team," he told reporters after a Danny Welbeck double and Granit Xhaka goal secured the victory.

Arsenal's 2-0 away win against Gennaro Gattuso's side in the first leg put the Londoners in the driving seat for the return fixture, but the game at The Emirates was slow to get going.

"It's always difficult to finish the job, especially when you have a good away result because you don't know a little bit (what's going to happen) in between," Wenger said.

The match came to life in the 35th minute when Milan's Hakan Calhanoglu struck a superb 30-yard goal, finding a gap in Arsenal's shaky defence and throwing the Italians a lifeline.

But Arsenal restored their two-goal aggregate advantage two minutes later when Danny Welbeck won and then scored a penalty which was controversially awarded and enraged the Milan players.

"You could see straightaway the response in the (Arsenal) team, and we pushed forward and were dangerous," Wenger said.

Welbeck went down after the lightest of touches on the back of the ankle but when asked if his player had dived Wenger said he would need to see a replay before passing judgment.

"I will watch it again and give you my honest feeling about it. I will give him (Welbeck) my honest feeling about it as well, don't worry," he said.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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