Mar 06

Arsenal bow out in style to Italian champions – Arsenal 3-0 AC Milan

Arsenal fell agonisingly short of an historic comeback after they beat AC Milan 3-0 at the Emirates, but went out of the Champions League 4-3 on aggregate.

Following their thumping 4-0 defeat at the San Siro in the first leg, the Gunners would have had to defy the record books to progress into the last eight of the competition.

No side has ever overturned a four goal deficit in Champions League history, but Laurent Koscielny gave Arsenal hope when he gave them a seventh-minute lead.

With the Milan defence seemingly shaken by the early goal, Arsenal’s top goalscorer Robin van Persie nearly made it 2-0 but he saw his superb shot saved by experienced goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.

The hosts did find a second soon after though, with invigorated midfielder Tomas Rosicky netting to prompt rumblings of a remarkable turnaround.

Having been written off by many before the game, Arsenal increased the possibility of a staggering comeback when Robin Van Persie scored a third from the penalty spot.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was fouled in the box by Phillipe Mexes and the Gunners’ captain proved as reliable as ever by converting the spot kick.

With one more goal required to cancel out the deficit, Arsenal pushed and pushed for a fourth goal but fatigue set in to leave them just short.

What did you think of Arsenal’s terrific fightback against Milan? Give your view in the comments section below.

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16 Responses to “Arsenal bow out in style to Italian champions – Arsenal 3-0 AC Milan”

  1. Shahan says:

    11 Jesus-es played wearing Arsenal’s jersey tonight but even these 11 couldnt wipe off the 4 sins we committed in Milan

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  2. Don says:

    Great 1st half but we ran out of steam badly in the 2nd half and hardly created anything in the 2nd half.And then you look on the bench who we had to bring on Park and Chamakh.Not signing a striker in january killed us.

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  3. Akash says:

    A night of fine margins all the lads gave 110 per cent champions league football can be cruel A pivotal moment for me was in the 1st leg when Vermaelen slipped and Robinho took full advantage and slotted it into the corner just fine margins like that. we have to push on to 3rd place now. 4 nil down was just too much to overcome in the end,

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  4. David says:

    I´ve never felt gutted and pleased at the same time, but I´m now feeling that way, shame about the ref, he was blind and gave away cheap fouls for Milan. Anyway, proud to be a gooner. Great performance.

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  5. med says:

    Proud to be a GOONER!

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  6. ted says:

    Brilliant performance. Proud to be a gunner! Maybe if we hadn’t loaned out arshavin we could have had someone quality in the bench. Regardless, it was a great match and should continue our momentum forward. Top 3 is ours

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  7. Chair says:

    Lads made me proud today. Gone in the game with next to no hope and left their heart on the pitch. Amazing performance.
    Unfortunately, we were once more undone by the short bench. We seriously need to do something about that.

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  8. William says:

    The bench summed up how weak are squad is.We played a great 45 mins over the two legs but you just cant give Milan a 4 goal start.Its another defeat in the last 16 stage of the CL.Which is not good enough

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  9. offiong says:

    Faultless performance really but I always knew we needed a bench †☺ win it for us 2day. Unfortunately we didn’t av1 if wenger had his way we wud av finished d match with d same 11 dat started it. But injuries †☺ Ox and Theo meant we had †☺ turn †☺ our ineffective bench.

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  10. Steven (@weecoulter) says:

    One of the proudest moments ever! For me that games more than any other this season. Shows Arsenal are still capable and want to play for the shirt. Roll on next years CL Spot

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  11. fan says:

    Arshavin or Ryo would of been useful from the bench today.

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  12. Ginger says:

    I didn’t see the game, it wasn’t on TV over here. Just gutted. So near, yet so far. We probably don’t need it, but if this isn’t a real shove to go for top 3 now, I don’t know what is. All or nothing now – get in. COYG!!

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  13. Jane says:

    Never been so proud of our performance as I was last night! Amazing atmosphere! I was hugged by so many strangers! We have three wins and 10 goals in 10 days against the best teams! Let’s keep the momentum! Arsene Wenger made our team believe.

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  14. Gunner4life says:

    If we had a bench, then we would easily easily won that match by 5 or 6-0, we just that good last night. Milan’s attitude at the beginning of the game also helped, they clearly underestimated us. Proud of the boys and I think they now understand what it means to play for arsenal(if they didn’t before). The refree was very very biased and poor poor refereeing. Zlatan fell soooooooooo many times without being touched and there was a clear block on vermalen ryt under the referee’s nose and he did NOTHING. Anyway, concentrate on the league boys and Arsene Wenger please strengthen our bench with quality in the summer because injuries will always happen.

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  15. GunnerMacedonia says:

    the real problem after this is, what team will start against newcastle … walcott is injured, so is chamberlain, rosicky, song are very tired, gervinho still not 100 %, vermaelen is tired and took that mexes lock pretty bad, rvp tired, gibbs tired … WHO IS GONNA PLAY?

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  16. Nas says:

    i’m lucky for choosing Arsenal as my Fav. club when i was 5 years old. So proud…speechless…..

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