Champions League: Arsenal 3-0 (agg 3-4) AC Milan | inside World Soccer

Arsenal came close to a historic Champions League fightback against AC Milan as they recorded a 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal forward Robin van Persie scores from the penalty spot against AC Milan
Arsenal forward Robin van Persie scores from the penalty spot against AC Milan

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The Gunners broke the deadlock after just seven minutes when Laurent Koscielny headed in a corner from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The shaky Milan rearguard was breached again in the 25th minute as Theo Walcott surged down the right, and when his cross was half-cleared by Thiago Silva, the ball dropped to Tomáš Rosický who planted it back inside the near post.

Arsenal's third came just before the break when Oxlade-Chamberlain broke into the box past Antonio Nocerino only to find his path blocked by Djamel Mesbah, resulting in a penalty kick dispatched with aplomb by Robin van Persie.

The visitors regrouped at the interval, however, and managed to hold out to secure a 4-3 aggregate victory and book their place in the last eight.


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