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Arsenal ends losing streak with victory over Milan in Europa League

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Arsenal put an end to their unwanted 4-game losing streak with a polished 2-0 victory over AC Milan in the first-leg of their last-16 encounter.

Arsene Wenger’s squad were leading after just 15 minutes through Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first goal for the club, with the Armenian cutting in from the left to fire in with the aid of a deflection off Milan skipper Leonardo Bonucci.

Aaron Ramsey then deservedly doubled their lead before half-time as the Welshman collected Mesut Ozil’s inch-perfect pass through the centre of Milan’s defence to round keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and tap in.

While Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan tried to raise their tempo after the break — with Giacomo Bonaventura spooning an effort over the bar — Arsenal were largely unbothered as they limited the home side to half chances with a solid defensive effort.

With clear a two-away goal advantage, Arsenal will be heavy favourites ahead of the second leg that will be played at the Emirates next week.

This also comes as a brief respite for Wenger, who saw 88% of the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust’s (AST) 1,000 members voting this week in favour of the 68-year-old Frenchman’s contract being terminated at the end of the season.

“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,” he said. “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.”

“We made too many mistakes,” said Gattuso. “We never played as a compact team and they deserved the win. Every time they attacked, they could have scored. Playing at this level is something new for our lads but there were too many mistakes.”

“In football, you never say never. We’ll go to London to try and win, we’re not going on an excursion.”

AC Milan to make no January signings after summer buying spree

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AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli says the club will not make any January signings despite the club languishing being in the bottom half of the Serie A table.

Mirabelli has led the club in bringing in a host of players, including Portugal striker Andre Silva and Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, in the off-season thanks to heavy capital influx from Chinese investors.

However, the Rossoneri have struggled for results and only won one of their last four Serie A matches — a narrow home success against Crotone last time out — despite heavy investment in the squad.

“This weekend I will be in Germany to watch a few games but we won’t sign anybody in January,” Mirabelli said. “We won’t do anything, I’ll tell you that as official information. There could be some outgoings, but these will be small things.”

Few of Milan’s arrivals have made a significant impact, with Andre Silva yet to score in Serie A and having already been linked with a switch to Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Results have not improved despite the sacking of Vincenzo Montella from the team coach position, with replacement Gennaro Gattuso leading Milan to only two league wins from his six games in charge, although the Rossoneri beat rivals Inter to reach the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

“We needed to give a strong signal to the youngsters in terms of Milan DNA,” Mirabelli said. “Rino was chosen, full stop.”

“He’s not a makeshift solution, I take responsibility and I’m happy with the way he’s working. It took hard work to improve, there were already aggravating circumstances in December. I’ve found someone who works even more than me.”

AC Milan keen to stay at San Siro despite mayor comments

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AC Milan has insisted they have no desire to leave San Siro after the city’s mayor Giuseppe Sala raised the possibility of building a new stadium.

San Siro — with a capacity of just over 80,000 — is home to Serie A rivals Milan and Inter, with the Rossoneri based at the iconic Italian stadium since 1926 and their co-tenants sharing the pitch since 1947.

While talk of a move away from the stadium erupted on Tuesday when Milan’s mayor Giuseppe Sala claimed Gennaro Gattuso’s side were considering their own stadium.Milan swiftly denied those reports.

In a statement posted on the club’s official accounts, Milan said:“In relation to the statements released by the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, who stated that AC Milan has expressed the will to think about having their own stadium and that the City Council would have given the club time to consider alternative areas of the cities, estimating in two to three months the time-frame to find a summary of options, AC Milan states that the Club has never expressed the desire to leave San Siro.”

Sala has since responded via Twitter, saying: “I note Milan’s statement on San Siro. Let’s just make this simple: I think that for Milan, for the fans and the tourists, the stadium needs to be modernised.”

“When will Milan be able to tell me if they are available or not to invest along with us in our stadium? Let it be clear, the invite also goes out to Inter, because this is the stadium of Milanese people.”

Inter — third in Serie A and 14 points above 11th-placed Milan — also weighed in by replying to Sala’s tweet.

“Dear Sala, as you might recall, we invested time and resources in the stadium of Milanese people. Our plans have been clear to everyone and have not changed for 18 months,” Inter said on Twitter.

“We await a round table discussion with all the actors involved to speak about this with clarity.”

Fabio Capello: Leonardo Bonucci can’t play his role at MIlan

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Former AC Milan boss Fabio Capello says Leonardo Bonucci “can’t defend” and was fortunate to play in a system that suited him at Juventus.

Italy international Bonucci moved to San Siro from the Serie A champions in a shock €42 million deal but the player has found himself on the wrong side of scathing criticism from a former Rossoneri coach after a poor start to life at San Siro.

It was telling of Milan’s struggles at the back as the Serie A giants — who spent £160 million to bring in 10 players in the summer transfer window — as the Rossoneri conceded 25 goals in 18 games, and with only 22 goals, for them languishes at 3 goals against in goal difference.

Capello, who guided Milan to four Serie A titles and the 1994 Champions League in a glittering spell in the early 1990s, has since offered his own assessment of Bonucci’s qualities and the reason behind his poor performances.

“He’s the best Italian defender when he has the ball at his feet. He’s among the top three in the world,” Capello said.

“But he can’t defend. He has big problems. It was ideal for him at Juventus, where he was free. It’s perfect for him to play in a three [in defence]. Playing in a four is hard.”

Bonucci has played in 16 of Milan’s 18 Serie A matches this season.

Gennaro Gattuso’s side, who face Inter in a Coppa Italia quarter-final on Wednesday, sits at 11th place in the league table while their neighbouring rivals stays at 3rd place, just five points behind leaders Napoli.