Arsenal produced an excellent performance away to AC Milan on Thursday night to take a 2-0 aggregate lead in their UEFA Europa League Last 16 tie.
First half goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners a victory that will ease fans’ concerns after a series of poor results in domestic competition.
The two away goals make them massive favourites to progress into the quarter-finals of the competition in next Thursdays second leg at the Emirates.
Fans were delighted with the performance and result, offering particular praise to under-fire midfielder Granit Xhaka, who many believe was the man of the match.
Xhaka has been criticised a lot in recent weeks and months but his disciplined performance in Italy impressed, bossing the midfield area and supplying his more creative teammates.
Can he maintain that level this weekend in the English Premier League when the Gunners take on Watford?
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his performance…
— Jake Myer (@MyerAFC) March 8, 2018
Granit Xhaka produced his best perform last night.
Man will be suited well in Serie-A.
When the opposition not closing him down, He’s become one of the best DLP nowadays.
Should improve his first touch really hard in case to adapting for the EPL💪#Arsenal #Gooner #AFC
— Yudhistira Gallanto (@20gallantoarbi) March 9, 2018
Have to say Xhaka was excellent tonight… I have coated him enough this season but very disciplined performance tonight just what was needed from him #afc
— Terry Lyons (@TerrydLyons) 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
Excellent performance from Arsenal. Both Wenger and the players deserve credit. The boss put in a tactical masterclass. Ramsey with a disciplined performance which helped Xhaka have an exceptional performance. Picked the ball up from deep and picked out our midfielders well. #afc
— Matthew Burford (@MatthewBurford) March 8, 2018
Xhaka took control of midfield, great performance in a tough environment, saw some leadership in him tonight, hope it carries over #afc
— Mike D. (@MikeUSDK) March 8, 2018
— Sam (@BruinsArsenal) March 8, 2018
Jeez, Xhaka actually looking like a player you might pay £35 million for tonight. Long may it continue #AFC
— The North Bank (@NorthBankGeorge) March 8, 2018
— Lottie 🎗 (@Lottiie_B) March 8, 2018