Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: 'Gunners fans don't hate me'

Doug Mendoza
March 11, 2018

The former AC Milan revealed to Sky Sports Italia, that the Gunners played just like he expected them to, and deserved the victory completely before mentioning the importance of the loss.

The win ended Arsenal's run of four straight defeats, which saw them lose in the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City and fall 13 points behind the Premier League's top four.

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"We defended with resilience until the end, and showed great pride and desire".

Wenger's accelerated pulse must have made it possible for him to hear his own blood charging around his body but he need not have been overly concerned as Milan did an Arsenal and failed to show up.

Arsenal are set to host Milan at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, March 15 for the away leg, with a draw being enough for them to qualify for the quarter-finals. When you are a young manager you dream that you want to win every football game. "We'll go to London to try and win, we're not going on an excursion". Reaching that level every week, Wilshere's stated aim, is not really essential any more.

After a awful run of results, Arsenal bounced back with a win in Milan, and Kevin Hatchard believes they'll also overcome a limited Watford side.

Referee Clement Turpin disputes with Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between AC Milan and Arsenal at the San Siro

"We started the game thinking we're in for a real test here and we have to be ready defensively, we have to be willing to work hard, to dig in, dig deep", he said.

Like Wenger, England global Wilshere also faces an uncertain future with Arsenal.

"It is an important win of course after we had a nightmare week", the 68-year-old Frenchman told BT Sport.

Leipzig scored two second-half goals to seal the deal while the Russian outfit scored a crucial away goal through Domenico Criscito on Thursday evening, keeping the visitors' hopes alive for the second leg.

The Hornets have won three of their last four matches to consolidate their mid-table position and boss Javi Gracia is in confident mood.

AC Milan now lies seventh on the Serie A table, and it is essential for them to achieve European success before things go further downhill. Calum Chambers was nearly an unlikely scorer as his fierce drive forced a good save from the keeper, while Mkhitaryan clipped the crossbar when presented with a great chance to net his second of the evening.

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