Feb 15

Woeful Gunners crushed by Milan – AC Milan 4-0 Arsenal

Arsenal have suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the San Siro.

Serie A giants Milan made the breakthrough after 15 minutes when former Spurs midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng smashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

In a poor first-half attacking display from the Gunners, Laurent Koscielny could only put a tame header at Christian Abbiati in the Milan goal from Robin van Persie’s free kick.

The hosts doubled their lead just before the break when Robinho cushioned his header into the net after good work down the left flank from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Second Half

Despite bringing on Thierry Henry for the second half, Arsenal found themselves 3-0 down minutes after the break when Robinho hit a low shot past Wojciech Szczesny following Thomas Vermaelen’s slip.

However, Arsene Wenger side’s night was made worse when Ibrahimovic fired in from the penalty spot on 77 minutes after he was tripped in the area by Johan Djourou.

Gunners skipper van Persie had another chance shortly after, but his header forced a low save from Abbiati.

The result leaves Arsenal with the slimmest chance of qualification when they host Milan at the Emirates Stadium for the second leg on Tuesday, March 6.

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24 Responses to “Woeful Gunners crushed by Milan – AC Milan 4-0 Arsenal”

  1. @Gooner_Nate says:

    Poor performance from the whole team. some of our best, were our worst. Bring on the FA Cup!

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  2. Tshepo says:

    Is it safe to finally say Wenger must go?No effort,no desire from any player,we need bigger squad,these players already know that they have no competition,song,ramsey(awful),rosicky(past his time),djourou useless,2 big defeats in 1 season? this cant go on any longer,wake up people,Wenger draining down the team,he had massive years bringing glory days from the earlier years,but its time for him to walk out with those good memories still in our minds.

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  3. GunnerMacedonia says:

    i dont blame the players, wenger either. milan were better, more experienced and deserved to win with this result

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  4. Paul Donohoe says:

    Totally disgraceful performance by Arsenal tonight. No passion, no fight and nobody fit to wear that great shirt.

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  5. Bhupinder Panesar says:

    fair play to milan fully deserved their victory, but at times today we made them look like barcelona. our passing tempo was slow not enough speed in our play. Not a single player that started directly attack their defense, apart from alex chamberlain, would have liked to have seen arshavin from the start ahead of ramsey as he would of at least attacked the defense and after the cameo against sunderland you’d think it would give him confidence!

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  6. fred says:

    we expect ramsey or walcott to have a bad game. but arteta, tv5, song, rosicky, sagna, these are our “experienced” players and they played the worst. szczesny played terrible as well, it’s sad that our most lively/best player was an 18 yr old.. shows how much quality we actually have. bye bye henry & bye bye rvp

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  7. Mike Jones says:

    Key mistakes by Sagna, Vermaelen, Szczęsny and a bad game from core midfield group Arteta, Ramsey, Song lost us this game.

    Wenger is resposible for not bringing in more talent, but at the end of the day we gotta work with that we’ve got and the players that are expected to hit a higher level didn’t.

    Fans can say Ox would have started, but it wouldn’t have won us the game.

    If anyone heard what Winterburn said after the game, i completely agree and its the stance i take.

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  8. Danish Gooner says:

    Tactics and system horrible wrong and only Wenger to blame.

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  9. Christian says:

    utterly depressing – we are simply not good enough – a team like ours does not win trophies

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  10. @AwesomeMartiman says:

    The pitch was shit, the players where shit, the manager was f&$%ing An%$ shit. 2 out of 3 we can control just by getting a better manager

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  11. George Stevens says:

    Poor, poor performance tonight. There wasn’t much between the sides before boatengs wonder goal but from then on we were almost as bad as the 8-2 horror show. Milan however only had 5 shots on, I dont know if thats a good thing. People say wenger needs to go but I can’t see many top quality managers wanting to manage us. Henry going back may put even more of a downer on the team but hopefully we can lift ourselves for sunderland at the weekend, we have fairly good prospects in the F.A cup and hopefully we might be able to finish 4th and keep RVP for next season. Failing that Park can lead us to premier league glory next season

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  12. Armani says:

    The team had no enthusiasm as they should of, unlike oxlade chamberlain who thirst for attack instead of passing the ball around in the middle of the pitch when we are losing. It’s as if they didn’t realise we had another game in hand, they could of tried harder to score at least two goals to make the next game easier. Lack of enthusiasm but Proud to be a Gooner

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  13. pikeyspur says:

    Men againsts boys. It will be Thursday night channel 5 for gonners next year if Wenger stays. Van Persie will be off as well, not much to look forward to is there. I would be very scared if i was you of getting another hammering from spurs in a fortnights time.

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  14. Grant Tissot says:

    Outplayed & outbattled. Got taught a lesson by a much better team. Hope this doesn’t dent our confidence for the massive games coming up.

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  15. Big Tony Adams says:

    An inept performance, lacking any guile, drive and desire and utterly bereft of imagination. The insistence of slowing play down and resisting the urge to take defenders on is killing the team. We have to have more courage in the final third and more fluidity and speed through midfield.

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  16. Jeroen says:

    I am afraid that Robin van Persie will leave Arsenal if Arsenal doesn’t buy better players this summer (and may miss Champions League football next year).

    A lot of Arsenal players just miss the personality and/or quality to bring Arsenal to a higher level.

    In the successful years we had quality players with personality at least one in every line. Nowadays we miss a personality in the defence and in midfield. In my opinion only Van Persie and Szczesny are personalities (and have the quality).

    Players like Arshavin, Chamakh, Koscielny, Song, Djourou, Rosicky, Arteta, Benayoun, Fabianski, Chu Young, Santos are just not good enough for the top of the Premier League and the Champions League.

    I know Robin van Persie want to win trophies. He want to do that with Arsenal but when it seems to be impossible with Arsenal with these players he might want to make a move to a bigger club where he can win trophies.That’s why he didn’t extend his contract yet. So please Arsene, buy some quality players this summer or Arsenal will loose ground further of the real top teams.

    Jeroen
    The Netherlands
    a big Arsenal fan

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  17. Aide says:

    Defense – Horrible
    Midfield- Horrible
    Attack- Lacking ambition

    The players we put out were pretty good but they were all extremely poor on the night. And Milan weren’t even at their best in my opinion. We could only muster our first chance in the 70th minute and that is not good enough. The Verminator was largely disappointing in my book and Ramsey’s poor form continued. There is absolutely no way back in the 2nd leg and so the FA cup match this weekend becomes a season-defining match. Definitely not looking forward to the spurs game on this confidence level

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  18. fan says:

    At least Arshavin try to take on defenders, Ramsey, Arteta, Walcott, just pass the ball around while Milan sit on RVP. And when the ball finds our back four you can surely bet they will pass the ball back to the keeper who will kick it to the other team!

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  19. simon says:

    arsenal need to play chamberlain, yannaris, miyachi(if he wasnt on loan) to bring quicker and more energetic play to the team and they need to sign more high profile players, (enfeld has never made a senior apperance)

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  20. Asif says:

    Humiliating is not the right word. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s like seeing Groundhogs Day, same shit happening again again but board doesn’t care. If they care so much about balance sheet and profit they should get in other business like Oil sector or energy sector.

    Board members need to have passion for the game before they get recruited.

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  21. someone says:

    Jeroen: “Players like Arshavin, Chamakh, Koscielny, Song, Djourou, Rosicky, Arteta, Benayoun, Fabianski, Chu Young, Santos are just not good enough for the top of the Premier League and the Champions League.”

    Oh, at last, someone mentioned Arshavin, despite of he wasn’t on the pitch. I wonder what would you say if he were there? Maybe you’d say that all four goals were his liability, being an easy scapegoat?

    BTW it is pretty unfair for Park to say he is not good enough. You just cannot tell how good is he, because Wenger doesn’t play him at all.

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  22. kollins! says:

    Goodbye RVP you have tried ur best but storborn wenger can not change. Have a nice time where ever and win trouphies With them. Poor Arsenal can not offer u any good result. I regret been an arsenal fans.

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  23. visiting yid says:

    I actually thought you were unlucky last night, I hope that we don’t now see the sort of knee jerk reaction about wenger’s position being under threat.

    He is the best and most successful manager Arsenal have had, one poor game doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be around for a good few years to come.

    I’m sure he has a plan.

    As someone who has been there before, people should still be careful what they wish for.

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  24. I’m writing this on every blog in the hope that all Arsenal fans get together and do something about the state of our club.

    People are quite rightly moaning about Wenger but under this current board I don’t think it matters who’s in charge.

    Liverpool fans got Gillette and Hicks out of their club and until we do the same with Kronke the club will continue to stagnate.

    It made my blood boil watching that game last night, we have regressed so much its embarrassing yet we are the most expensive team to watch in Europe.

    Arsenal is a business before a football team and those that are using it as a cash cow need to be removed. Kronke’s had it easy so far but we need to show him he we won’t stand for it.

    Now is the time we as fans need to get together and do something about it. All the blogs and fans should get together and organise a proper march.

    We want our Arsenal back.

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