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Granit Xhaka lauds Arsenal "togetherness" after Europa League win over AC Milan

Granit Xhaka lauds Arsenal

What once would have been considered a European glamour tie, Arsenal vs AC Milan will serve to showcase just how far great clubs can fall.

Key stat: Since Petr Cech last kept a clean sheet in mid-December against Newcastle, David Ospina has managed three.

Wenger's men had lost their last four games in all competitions and were facing a Milan team unbeaten in 13 matches. They're on their worst run of form in years, possess a perennially unhappy fan base, a manager resembling Futurama's Professor Farnsworth more and more every day and a group of players which one could most politely described as "not fit to wear the shirt".

Milan will be without centre-back Mateo Musacchio for the clash at the San Siro on Thursday, but Gatusso is likely to be able to name his first-choice line-up.

Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey made it advantage Arsenal in the race for a place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

His Milan team now sit in seventh place of Serie A. They are flying at the moment and in their last game they won a penalty shootout against Lazio to reach the Coppa Italia final.

In-form Milan striker Patrick Cutrone is likely to lead the line for Milan.

For someone having such an impressive season with eight goals and 11 assists from a wide position the former Liverpool player was hugely disappointing.

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny echoed his manager's sentiments. The experienced Frenchman has 50 caps for his country and has played for Arsenal on 317 occasions since joining in 2010. The winger cut in from the left to fire in his first goal for the club with the aid of a deflection off Milan skipper Leonardo Bonucci.

Milan ended the first half without a shot on target and they almost started the second by gifting Arsenal another goal, with Donnarumma doing just enough to deny Welbeck after Franck Kessie wildly kicked the ball into the striker's path. The German worldwide has a fantastic creative flair and can break defensive lines easily, when his mind is in the right place. Ozil needs to dig deep and if he is not going to, then he should not be playing.

"When you have a bad week, players change their mind about their own quality".

"Apart from that, of course Lacazette is not ready and we had to leave Monreal behind because he is not ready".

The last time Arsenal won at the San Siro was a 2-0 win in the second-leg round of 16 of the Champions League in 2008.

Milan will be without Andrea Conti and Luca Antonelli due to injury while Ignazio Abate is a serious doubt.


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