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Arsenal win to ease heat on Wenger


By Adam McKendry

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's first goal for Arsenal helped them on their way to a crucial 2-0 win at the San Siro against AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie, easing some of the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

The Armenian struck after a quarter of an hour, albeit thanks to a fortunate deflection, and midfield partner Aaron Ramsey added a second moments before the half-time interval.

It is an excellent result to take back to London for the second leg next week, however the tie is not over yet - Arsenal's previous fixture against Ostersunds, losing at home after a handsome away win, should serve as a cautionary tale.

After a torrid run of form for the Gunners which saw them lose four games in a row, including the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City, boss Wenger refuted claims this was a result they needed.

"It was what we wanted," Wenger corrected.

"At some stage you need to respond and respond together with a good performance, and that's what we did."

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