Wednesday, March 5, 2008

AC Milan 0 - 2 Arsenal

Arsenal became the first ever English club to beat AC Milan at the San Siro to progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League. Goals from Fabregas and Adebayor in the dying minutes of the second half made Arsenal comfortable 2-0 winners on the night, 2-0 on aggregate. Superb 25-30m shot from Fabregas opened Arsenal's account around eight minutes from time, before substitute Theo Walcott ran past veteran defender Alessandro Nesta to slot a low cross to incoming Adebayor for a simple tap-in finish.

Watched the whole thing live. What can I say? Arsenal totally ran riot over AC Milan like they were a normal midtable premier league side, not to mention playing them at the magnificent San Siro. Arsenal could have been easily won with three to four goals but AC Milan do have their fair share of chances. Alex Pato posed some threat to Arsenal's defence, and there were some early scares for Arsenal from a corner before a goalmouth scramble clearance saved Arsenal from conceding an early goal. Kaka was very quiet from the start, man-marked tightly by the Arsenal defence like from the first leg at the Emirates Stadium. And in the end, a Fabregas masterclass proved the difference between the two sides as he scores the opening goal almost eight minutes from time. Adebayor provided the icing on the cake, rounding off a superb performance by the young Arsenal side. I sense Arsenal going all the way to Moscow, and it will be made much easier since Arsenal are already out of the FA Cup, they can concentrate more easily on the premier league and the Champions League.

The best performance I have ever seen from Arsenal these past few seasons, post-Henry era.

*changed video to match highlights with English commentaries.

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