It started out as an imposing challenge on the Gunners, went on to raised hopes but ended in an unfortunate disqualification. Arsenal needed to score 5 extra goals over AC Milan in their game on Tuesday and managed to give their opponents a scare, but running short at the end.
An invigorated Arsenal was at top of their game, playing what they probably should have played mmuch earlier in the tournament, yet giving their fans much to hope for. The game ended with a 3-0 to Arsenal’s favor, just two less than the required amount of the goals needed. The aggregate score came to be 4-3. AC Milan had narrowed the chances down for the gooners down to 5 percent with their earlier 4-0 win in San Siro but there still was a chance.
Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky scored the two goals right in the first half. Van Persie scored the third goal early in the second half and gave their opponents another jerk. The team certainly was on fire and set flames to the stadium and gave the fans exactly what they came out to cheer for. Although the effort was commendable, it was sadly not sufficient to take the team into the quarterfinals.
Milan may have been taking the game more to their advantage than they should have at the start of the game but realized the urgency to get the game back to their favor, or at least stop Arsenal from scoring goals one after the other. AC Milan has won the cup 7 times till now.
There just wasn’t anything certain until the final minutes of the game: Arsenal was playing exactly how they were supposed to be playing, Milan was lagging behind and the fans were gripping to the game fear all along, cheering as hard as they could.
The only comment that seems to be coming from the Milan group is how happy their side is to have lost the match and still have won it. The coach said that the ultimate objective of the game was to qualify to the next level and they managed to do that, even though by losing.
Wenger on the other hand is just how any coach would have been in his situation. Dismal by the fact that his team almost made it through, but applauding at how well the team performed.
“We restored some pride after the first tie but unfortunately we are out. We had the chances but we paid the price for the first game”.
For now, its all rest for Arsenal.