Arsenal are in pole position to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League after an impressive 2-0 win away to AC Milan on Thursday night.
The Italians were unbeaten in their previous 13 matches coming into the first leg, but Arsene Wenger’s side put their domestic woes behind them to score two first half goals through Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey.
The Gunners know that winning competition is the only way they can qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season, making it extra important for the under-fire outfit.
Fans were delighted to see their side bounce back from recent poor results to produce a fighting performance.
Particular praise was offered to Danny Welbeck, a striker who has had his game time limited to cup competitions for the most part this season. Though he didn’t score, supporters were pleased with his hard working performance commitment to securing a victory.
It’s unlikely he’ll force his way into Wenger’s first team plans beyond the Europa League, but can he produce the displays that helps them win a continental trophy?
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
— Joshua Lane (@Josheyy_x) March 8, 2018
He's pretty decent today!
Scuffed a chance or two but worked his ass off in the 2nd half, for the team!
Massive performance lad, well done! #AFC
— Mehul Patel (@1MoreGooner) March 8, 2018
Welbeck was for the most part brilliant. Got on the ball quite a bit and looked dangerous at times. Played a great ball to Mkhitaryan who should have finished it. #afc
— Matthew Burford (@MatthewBurford) March 8, 2018
Welbeck and Xhaka played really well tonight, I'm glad – they do get a lot of criticism!
Xhaka I thought was defensively disciplined playing deeper and Danny was a nuisance for their CBs #AFC
— Dom Lloyd (@dommylloyd) March 8, 2018
— E.R.K. (@djbeardface) March 8, 2018
— Gooner for life (@fergalpage81) March 8, 2018
— Arsenal Wenger (@sidneyhicksuk) March 8, 2018
To be fair, Danny Welbeck has been great so far. OK, we all know he's not going to score unless the ball deflects in off his backside, but he's worked so hard & run the Milan defence ragged, creating space for Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Wilshere and Ramsey to do the damage! ?@WelBeast
— Chidera austin (@Chidex_badoo) March 8, 2018
Nobody’s gonna talk now Danny welbeck is having a great game
— Akinyemi (@omoakinoflife) March 8, 2018