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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised his side’s 2-0 victory over AC Milan after a “nightmare week.”
AC Milan hadn’t conceded a goal for 599 minutes but Henrikh Mkhitaryan ended that record when he broke the deadlock at the San Siro after 15 minutes.
Then after moments after Mkhitaryan had struck the crossbar, Aaron Ramsey doubled Arsenal’s lead with a composed finish from a Mesut Ozil pass.
Arsenal had gone four games without a win and the pressure was growing on Wenger and his players.
But the result puts Arsenal in a great position ahead of next week’s second leg and ends a run of four defeats.
And Wenger said it was important for his side to finally overcome a difficult spell.
He said: “It is an important win of course after we had a nightmare week.
“Overall it is important to win, but it is not qualification. We have to finish the job at home. I am happy with the spirit and response we gave.
“We were not in a position to take risks, but we could not be too cautious as you lose fluidity. We defended with resilience until the end.
“When you play in a cup final it is hard to digest in a few days.
“When you are knocked down like a boxer you don’t have time to react and you are only halfway up, but you have to respond. Your pride and desire to show quality has to come through in the game.”