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AC Milan knocked out as Danny Welbeck dives Arsenal into to Europa League quarter-finals

Arsenal have defeated AC Milan 3-1 (5-1 on aggregate) at the Emirates to send them through to the Europa League quarter finals.

After Milan went 1-0 up the Gunners were awarded a controversial penalty, which Danny Welbeck converted to put the Gunners back in control.

This is the first time the North London club have been in past the round of 16 since 2010 when they beat Porto 6-2 on aggregate.

Arsene Wenger’s side will be looking to avoid the likes of Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig in the next round.

Milan started the brighter of the two sides, but when an early chance fell to Andre Silva, the Portugese international failed to hit the target.

Arsenal came close to breaking the deadlock shortly after, but Danny Welbeck’s shot was straight at Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The away side opened the scoring after 34 minutes when Hakan Calhanoglu beat David Ospina with a fantastic 30-yard strike give Gennaro Gattuso’s men hope.

However, the Rossoneri’s hopes of a comeback were controversially dashed four minutes later when Danny Welbeck appeared to dive to win a penalty, which he then converted to make it 1-1.

Milan had several half chances in the second half, but their final product left much to be desired.

Donnarumma then gifted the Gunners a second when he parried a long shot from Granit Xhaka into his own net.

The game was put beyond all doubt when Danny Welbeck headed in a rebound to make it 3-1 on the night (5-1 aggregate).

Arsene Wenger’s side are now into the quarter finals, but who should they be worried about facing in the next round?

Atletico Madrid?

Atletico Madrid are also into the quarter-finals after easing to a 8-1 aggregate victory over Lokomotiv Moscow.

Diego Simeone’s side are the favorites to win the Europa League this season after unexpectedly dropping out of the Champions League earlier on in the season.

Atletico are one of the most streetwise and defensively sound teams in Europe. The Mattressers haven’t conceded a goal at home since January and have only conceded four league goals at the Wanda Metropolitano all season.

Despite being known for their defensive prowess, Atletico have a great deal of quality going forward. If the Gunners do draw Atleti, they will need to watch out for the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Koke on the break.

If the Gunners do draw Atletico, they will take confidence from the Madrid side’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea earlier in the season.

The other six sides still in Europe’s second tier competition are Marseilles, CSKA Moscow, Lazio, RB Leipzig, Sporting Lisbon and Salzburg.


Arsenal will find out who they will get in the next round tomorrow at 1:00 PM CET.

 

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