Arsenal may have saved their European hopes for next season with a 2-0 away win against Italian giants AC Milan.
Hakan Calhanoglu’s decision to skip over David Ospina’s reckless slide, rather than allow himself to be taken out by the Colombian, was costly for Milan.
A penalty would surely have been awarded had he hit the deck.
Moments later Arsenal were ahead, thanks to Mkhitaryan’s shot looping up and in off Leonardo Bonucci.
Milan ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was left with no chance.
Danny Welbeck, Arsenal’s only available striker, rose to the challenge, producing a typically tireless display and linking well with his supporting cast of Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.
It wasn’t always pretty and there were moments when AC Milan looked like they might break through, but Arsenal showed a resilience which has badly been missing this season.
The gunners manager Arsene Wenger said the win would restore belief.
“Yes, and what we wanted especially. At some stage, you need to respond and respond together with a good performance. That’s what we did tonight.”