Arsenal stun Milan with 2-0 San Siro success

Posted March 09, 2018

The Gunners made the trip to the San Siro on a woeful run of form following four losses in their last five outings in all competitions to heap pressure on Arsene Wenger. And at the centre of everything positive for Arsenal was Mesut Ozil, who reminded the watching public why he remains the best "No.10" and playmaker in world football. Today's game is a huge test for them, and I hope they take tests better than I did when I was in school.

Low isn't the only candidate in Arsenal's sights, however, and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail recently reported AS Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim and ex-midfielder Mikel Arteta-now a coach at Manchester City-are in the running.

But the pessimism from plenty of Arsenal supporters actually stems from the fact they are wearing their blue away kit at the San Siro tonight and they reckon it's cursed.

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Ozil has been directly involved in 100 goals in 189 appearances for Arsenal - 37 goals and 63 assists.

"It was like that with me from the start [of my career]". He was the number one in so many ways, his death really hit me hard.

They also haven't played in over a week, which isn't great for an Arsenal team that has played three times in just over that same time frame and are missing some key pieces.

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Here, Press Association Sport focuses on Wenger's impact on the last-16 first leg.

Wenger has in the past been criticised for being too quick to bow to Ozil's needs, with even those inside his own dressing room concerned at the special treatment the Germany worldwide has received.

In the meantime it is up to the rest of the Arsenal team to understand their roles and commit to them with an intensity that has been lacking in recent weeks.

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Conversely, the Gunners are coming off the back of four defeats - leaving their top four ambitions in tatters.