The Gunners defeated Italian giants at home thanks to strikes (goals) from attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey. The match was an opportunity for two of the European giants to engage themselves in a contest as they aim to qualify for the UEFA Champions League by winning the competition.
However, Arsenal’s victory puts them a step ahead in this stance bearing in mind the return leg at the Emirates Stadium. AC Milan had some chances of their own in the match but Arsenal got the job done to seal a 0-2 win away from home.
With Arsenal’s 0-2 victory we take a look at some features and match statistics as regards to the match at San Siro.
Shots on Target
1(Ac Milan) (Arsenal) 4
Arsenal were more superior and detailed going forward as they got 4 shots on goal as compared to the Italian side that had only one shot on target during the match. This was evident as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey found the back of the net to give Arsenal a two goal cushion ahead of the return leg at the Emirates.
Shots off Target
12(Ac Milan) (Arsenal) 4
AC Milan had 12 shots off the post as they fail to test the Arsenal goal (Petr Cech) but for one occasion. Arsenal took to the advantage as they hit target 4 time coupled with 4 shots off target in the game. This was hosts (AC Milan) undoing as they failed to score at home especially with only one shot on target.
55(Ac Milan) (Arsenal) 45
The Italians were dominant in midfield as they (AC Milan) controlled the rhythm of the match at some point in the clash. This saw Suso, Franck Kessie and Co bossing match proceedings in the midfield areas during the course of the contest.
10(Ac Milan) (Arsenals) 3
Arsenal was outdone here as AC Milan had more corner-kicks in the entire game than Arsenal. The Gunners had 3 corner-kick while AC Milan had 10 corner-kicks overall in the match. This is as a result of AC Milan’s attacking persistence in the find third.
0(Ac Milan) (Arsenal) 1
AC Milan had no offside situation to deal with in the contest as they had more of the ball (possession) that the visitors. Arsenal was ruled out for offside just once as they sought, by all means, to kill off the match. This they did through Aaron Ramsey’s close-range finish.
8(Ac Milan) (Arsenal) 13
AC Milan and Arsenal competed effectively in the match as both sides seek to remedy their season. This led to series of physical challenges between both European heavyweights as recorded in the 90 minutes contest. Both sides cumulated 8+13 = 21 foul altogether with AC Milan having 8 fouls as compared to 13 fouls committed by visiting Arsenal.
0(Ac Milan) (Arsenal) 2
The match recorded about 21 fouls in the entire duration as physical challenges ensued among both European heavy weights. However, Arsenal was booked on two occasions as they committed a higher number of fouls in the match.
This they did commit 13 fouls out of the overall 21 fouls as AC Milan committed 8 in the tie. The duo of Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey got booked at the (hour mark) 60th and 71st minute of the match respectively as Arsenal won 0-2.
7(Ac Milan) (Arsenal) 13
The match produced about 7+17 = 24 goal-kicks in the entire 90 minutes as both sides fought effectively on the pitch.
Arsenal exerted 7 goal-kicks towards AC Milan’s goal area while AC Milan exerted 17 goal-kicks.
This was as a result of the Italians persistence towards the Arsenal area as the Gunners conceded 10 more goal-kick during the course of the match.
6(Ac Milan) (Arsenal) 7
The match produced about 6+7 = 13 treatment in the entire match. Arsenal had about 7 treatments as compared to the hosts (AC Milan’s) 6 treatments in the course of the first leg tie.