AC Milan 0 Arsenal 2: Mkhitaryan's first goal lifts Gunners gloom

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Having already teed up Henrikh Mkhitaryan to open the scoring against Milan, Ozil then repeated the trick in first-half stoppage-time as Aaron Ramsey doubled the away side's advantage.

Questions over the future of manager Wenger had dominated the pre-match talk, but the 68-year-old will have been delighted with a clinical and disciplined display from his players against a Milan side who had gone 13 games without defeat. Here are five things we learned from the 2-0 win.

"Arsenal are in a very hard period, but are a great team, but we made too many mistakes", said Gattuso.

"I am happy with the spirit and response we gave".

Many Arsenal fans will feel that the Europa League is the only route to take if they are to reach next years champions league.

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"Overall, it is important to win, but it is not qualification".

The Frenchman said: "It has been a nightmare week but it was a good result but it is not qualification, so we have to finish the job at home".

Hakan Calhanoglu perhaps could have won a penalty had he chose to go to ground after beating David Ospina to the ball, and Gattuso must have wished he had when the Gunners broke the deadlock. While they had a shaky start, Mkhitaryan put them ahead with a deflected shot in the 15th minute and Ramsey finished off a well-worked move by rounding goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and scoring into an empty net just before half-time.

Milan improved in the second half, but wasted their best chances, failing to truly test Ospina.

Diego Simeone's side, who were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stage after finishing behind Roma and Chelsea, put themselves in a dominant position thanks to goals from Saul Niguez, Diego Costa and Koke.

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