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October 27, 2013 by admin

How Arsenal answered their critics with a vital 2

Arsenal answered their critics canada goose outlet florida and kept their season alive with a 2 0 win at AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday. We look at how they did it.

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But then, in the space of a couple of first half minutes, fortune smiled on the Gunners.

Hakan Calhanoglu’s decision to skip over David Ospina’s reckless slide, rather than allow himself to be taken out by the Colombian, was costly for Milan. A penalty would surely have been awarded had he hit the deck. Moments later Arsenal were ahead, thanks to Mkhitaryan’s shot looping up and in off Leonardo Bonucci. Milan ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma canada goose sale uk was left with no chance.

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Danny Welbeck, Arsenal’s only available striker, rose to the challenge, producing a typically tireless display and linking well with his supporting cast of Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.

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buy canada goose jacket In the second half, the focus shifted to Arsenal’s defence, as AC Milan on a run of 13 games unbeaten surged forward for a response. Could Arsenal on their joint longest run in the Premier League without a clean sheet hold firm? buy canada goose jacket

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That was especially true in the final 15 minutes. Time after time Arsenal found a way to break down the Milan attacks, coming up with canada goose outlet sale six blocks in all. Only once this season in the Premier League have they produced more.

Ospina’s sprint out to deny Nikola Kalinic as he ran through on goal with canada goose jacket outlet sale eight minutes to go was vital and better timed than his first effort on Calhanoglu. Despite the pressure, Arsenal restricted Milan to just one shot on target.

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On Thursday night, Arsenal delivered a timely response to their critics. It has come late in the season. So late they only have one competition to fight for. The challenge now is to deliver again next week and make sure it counts.

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