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On Thursday evening in the Europa League, the second round matches are back. Arsenal London receives AC Milan. After the 2-0 first-leg victory of the Gunners in Milan, the Londoners may well be slow to plan the quarter-finals. For Arsenal London, the Europa League has special significance. Only here, the Gunners can still get a title in this season. Even qualifying for the Europa League is in danger in the Premier League. The moves towards the championship and the Champions League qualification are long gone. The defeat at home to Arsenal in the first leg was the first loss to Milan after 13 unbeaten games. The goal for Mikhitaryan 0: 1 was also the first goal after 599 minutes of play. Nevertheless, the young team from Milan is constantly improving under new coach Gennaro Gattuso.
Arsene Wenger’s team is currently ranked 6th in the Premier League. Manchester City’s standings are 33 points behind. But even in fourth place, there are already twelve points. Only a Europa League victory could save the season and bring the Gunners still in the premier class. It had been reinforced even during the winter break with transfers such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mikhitaryan. But in the back round table, the Londoners are currently even with 14 points from eleven games only in eighth place. The criticism of the coach is getting louder. At home, but it runs reasonably well. With 35 points from 15 games, the Gunners are the third-best home team in the Premier League. At home one has already met 39 times; that’s the best value after leaders Manchester City.
In the away table, however, Arsenal is only in tenth place. You could win in the domestic league only 3 of 15 games. Before losing to Milan, London had lost four competitive games in a row. However, they were able to win 3-0 against Watford on the final day of the Premier League. Overall, the Gunners lost six of their recent ten games. Best man at Arsenal in Milan was Mesut Özil, who prepared both goals. Winterneuzugang Aubameyang, who has struck three times in five Premier League games so far, can not compete for the Gunners in the European Cup, as he already played for BVB international this season. Aubameyang was at AC Milan from 2007 to 2012 under contract, but completed not a single Serie A game for the Italians. For only 1.8 million euros, he was then sold to French record champion AS St.-Etienne and made his breakthrough there. Also not on board are the injured Santi Cazorla, Alexandre Lacazette, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac.
After the deficit, the hosts had completely lost the thread in the second leg and went with 0: 2 from the field. In the league, the AC is currently ranked sixth. On Sunday, the “Rossoneri” could win 1-0 at Genoa CFC. In the second half, Milan are back in third place with 22 points from eight games, only champions Juventus could get more points in the return series. In addition, the AC conceded only three goals in the second half and is still unbeaten in the league. The first round had finished the team only in a disappointing eleventh place. On 27 November 2017 then Gennaro Gattuso was after the dismissal of Vincenzo Montella new coach at AC Milan.
Under the ex-professional of the “Rossoneri” it went up again. The 2006 world champion played for Milan between 1999 and 2012, having won two championships and two Champions League wins in that time. In the last few years there was not much to celebrate for the AC. The last league title in Italy was won in 2011. Since then, Milan qualified only twice for the Champions League, twice was already in the second round final – last 2014. The euphoria is now but rekindled. The return to the European Cup under Gattuso is imminent. They are currently in Europa League and are five points off fourth place but have one less game left. The last defeat in the league was on December 23, 2017. Against Arsenal, the coach has to give up the injured Andrea Conti, Luca Antonelli and Ignazio Abate.
Arsenal vs AC Milan head to head matches
08.03.18 EL AC Milan Arsenal 0 : 2
06.03.12 CL Arsenal AC Milan 3 : 0
15.02.12 CL AC Milan Arsenal 4 : 0
31.07.10 EMI Arsenal AC Milan 1 : 1
04.03.08 CL AC Milan Arsenal 0 : 2