Going into this game in a real slump, expectations were not high from an Arsenal point of view, but first-half goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey secured a 2-0 win, putting them in a strong position for the return leg next week.
There's not a lot Arsene Wenger can do with his team selections really, so to see almost the same side that lost to Brighton last weekend named didn't suggest much would be different, but perhaps the occasion itself played a part.
MILAN, Italy -- Three quick thoughts from the San Siro on Arsenal's 2-0 first-leg win over AC Milan in the Europa League round of 16.
1. Arsenal finally deliver a win to ease pressure on Wenger
Don't say your farewells to Arsene Wenger just yet. The Arsenal boss was granted a stay of execution as his Gunners finally produced the kind of performance that indicates there may be hope for this team yet.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey scored first-half goals to finally put at least a temporary...
Arsenal lurched from crisis to crisis as they were beaten 2-1 at Brighton for a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions.
An appalling first half laid bare the plight which has enveloped the club in recent weeks, with a run of six losses in eight games seeing their season implode and Arsene Wenger's position come under intense scrutiny.
Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray put Brighton in firm control, with an atrocious display from the Arsenal players symptomatic of a failed managerial regime...