An uncharacteristic poor defending from the Italian side simply puts them in trouble as although the Gunners looked fired up but all of the goals came from the Red and Black side defensive errors.
Playing with an intention to maintain their advantage, Milan looked a bit nervous in the early minutes as they seemed keen on holding a clean sheet for the first 15 minutes but the intention didn’t turned out as expected. Only seven minutes from the kick off, the nerves began to crack after Arsenal took an early lead from Laurent Koscielny’s header from a corner, which saw the center back simply left unmarked by the visitors defenders.
Conceding a goal under 10 minutes apparently struck the Milan players as the Deportivo La Coruna incident which kept being reminded before the game seemed to haunt the players as they were making silly errors. The Gunners once again took advantage of the Rossoneri’s defenders blackout after Tomas Rosicky netted a second after only 26th minute, capitalizing on Thiago Silva’s poor clearance inside the penalty box.
The situation made things more difficult as the Rossoneri players looked confused on whether to sit tight or come out for a goal, they eventually pushed forward even more but on the counter Arsenal caught the Italian side once again. Another poor defending from Djamel Mesbah and Antonio Nocerino earned a spot kick for the home team which was finished off perfectly by Robin Van Persie, few minutes before the half time break.
When things gets tough, Milan finally lifted their game as the Rossoneri immediately got a goal scoring chance which was blown away by youngster, Stephan El Shaarawy, who shot wide in a clear situation. The second half were much more intimidating as the visitor were pushing forward even more, creating an end to end stuff with both teams created some scoring chances, that could’ve really turned the screw even more.
Midway into the game Milan introduced Alberto Aquilani, who essentially ease the pressure in their midfield and his creativity even almost helped the Scudetto holder in netting a goal as his wonderful cross failed to be converted by Nocerino. The former Palermo midfielder was left unmarked and only inches in front of the Gunners goal but he toe poked Aquilani’s pass right into the goal keeper’s hand, keeping the home team’s dream alive until the final minute.
Having already settled themselves down, Milan eventually hold their first meeting aggregate but obviously a hard lesson to be learned by Masimiliano Allegri’s team that having a big lead isn’t something comforting after all. The success does bring a sigh of relief for the Italian side as the ghost of failure to qualify against England teams after 2007 pretty much ended with the team who started it all.
Arsenal v Milan 3-0
Goals: Koscielny 7, Rosicky 26, Van Persie pen 44 (Arsenal)
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Rosicky, Song, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Chamakh 75); Walcott (Park 84), van Persie, Gervinho
Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Mesbah (Bonera 89); Nocerino, Van Bommel, Emanuelson; Robinho; Ibrahimovic, El Shaarawy (Aquilani 70)