Magnificen Mesut steps up to keep Wenger and Arsenal's season alive

Magnificen Mesut steps up to keep Wenger and Arsenal's season alive

Magnificen Mesut steps up to keep Wenger and Arsenal's season alive

Thirteen games unbeaten Milan may have been, but it was Arsenal who grew in confidence as the game went on thanks to Ozil's delightful ball into the path of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The last time the two side's met in the 2011/12 season, Milan thrashed the Premier League side 4-0 in the first leg of the Champions League last-16.

This season, the Gunners have won just a single game, against Belarusian side BATE Borisov, when wearing the strip. This is the first time Arsenal have lost four games consecutively since 2002. We were more daring in the second half and games like this require courage. Arsenal are without Alexandre Lacazette and Nacho Monreal, and also the cup-tied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Gennaro Gattuso has been a revolution since he took charge of a club where he had so much success as a player.

The trend continued following a freaky UEFA ruling which meant Arsene Wenger's side were forced to wear their away kit at the Emirates for the Europa League round of 32 second leg against Swedish minnows Ostersunds. Gattuso has made his side a formidable force and they have not conceded a goal in six matches.

Some might see the reigning World Cup-winning manager as an ideal target to succeed Wenger if he leaves, but Low's contract commitments and any reluctance to leave Germany may place him beyond Arsenal's reach.

The Gunners, though, almost overturned the massive deficit in the return leg with a 3-0 victory at the Emirates, which went down as one of the classic fixtures of the modern Champions League era. It will be no easy task against this in from Milan team.

Episode 52 of The Hard Yards features James Downey & Brendan Macken, a Jamie Heaslip salute and interviews with Chris Farrell and Joe Schmidt.

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