THEY profited from a dodgy Danny Welbeck dive, a horrendous goalkeeping error and several other heart-in-mouth moments in defence.
However Arsenal’s Europa League run continues in to the final eight and perhaps, simply perhaps, Arsene Wenger may very well be afforded a fond farewell at a European remaining in his homeland.
Though, you understand Wenger. Win this factor and he’ll absolutely have a great go at making an attempt to steer Stan Kroenke ’n Co that he stays the perfect man for Arsenal’s future.
They do that, Arsenal, regularly lurching between Armageddon and cautious optimism within the house of ten days or so.
The gang was wholesome — for as soon as, the official gate determine of 58,973 was not a daft charade — and Arsenal weren’t overly complacent after their 2-Zero victory within the San Siro final week.
Milan are not among the many European elite however theirs was nonetheless a good scalp for a Gunners facet ridden with disaster earlier than this tie started.
Few right here need Wenger to remain however solely the coldest of hearts would begrudge him a remaining in Lyon in Might.
There’s nonetheless loads of European royalty of their means in a powerful Europa area, however they’ll go into at this time’s draw with a sure diploma of hope.
Milan had been rightly enraged by Welbeck’s dive to win a penalty he transformed himself, to swiftly equalise following Hakan Calhanoglu’s opener.
And their much-trumpeted younger keeper Ginaluigi Donnarumma chucked one in from a hopeful Granit Xhaka effort earlier than Welbeck headed his second to place the tin lid on a irritating night time for the Italians.
And so, a few weeks after that newest Armageddon, Arsenal are the one London membership left in Europe.
After three successive house matches at which the Emirates was half-empty — or half-full if you happen to’re as constructive as Wenger — the place was far fuller.
Whereas many neutrals may need thought of it a lifeless rubber after Arsenal’s first-leg victory, this lot know by the grim expertise of the second half of Wenger’s reign that no rooster ought to ever be counted.
The early indicators had been, as anticipated, that this may very well be an uncomfortable night time for Wenger’s males.
Inside a minute the previous Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, now enjoying at right-back for Milan, surged down the flank and squared for Andre Silva to thud one into the side-netting.
And after ten minutes there actually was a panic on when Laurent Koscielny limped off after taking a whack within the again and was changed by Callum Chambers.
But Arsenal settled into a good sample – loads of nice pinging round from Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, who was celebrating an England recall which had appeared a distant risk only a few months in the past.
And when Arsenal broke swiftly halfway by the primary half, Welbeck’s shot was nicely saved by the legs of Milan’s younger keeper Donnarumma.
However simply while you started to wonder if would possibly stroll it, Milan took the lead on the night time with a bolt from the blue.
Ricardo Rodriguez fed Calhanoglu, who took a step inside and let rip from 25 yards, beating David Ospina, who may need reacted faster, although it was belting shot.
The alarm solely lasted for a few minutes, nonetheless, as Arsenal levelled in controversial model.
As Welbeck chased down within the inside-right channel, Rodriguez did little greater than brush an arm throughout his chest, the England man reacting as if lower down by heavy artillery.
Ref Jonas Eriksson didn’t look however his extra assistant ref – a Pep Guardiola lookalike loping round behind the aim, indicated a penalty.
Generally these spare officers appear to really feel the necessity to justify their existence and this was a obtrusive instance.
And Donnarumma, specifically, went completely ballistic on the official, incomes himself a reserving.
However the keeper was unable to offer justice as Welbeck despatched him the fallacious means from the spot.
It was Welbeck’s first European aim since 2014, so England supporters won’t have been too taken with the concept the Arsenal man had made Gareth Southgate’s squad earlier within the day.
Milan had been enraged once more quickly after when a penalty shout for handball towards Chambers was turned down however that may have been even harsher than the one which had gone towards the Italians.
Wilshere then examined Donnarumma, who pushed out his shot at full stretch.
And after break the keeper was at it once more, denying Mkhitaryan after a sweeping cross-field transfer.
After Patrick Cutrone volleyed large, the guests grew to become more and more tetchy.
Suso was booked for diving – although his wasn’t as unhealthy as Welbeck’s effort – and boss Gennaro Gattuso bought into trouble for thudding the ball into Nacho Monreal’s face when it went out for a throw.
However when Xhaka shot speculatively from exterior the realm, Donnarumma had an absolute shocker, shovelling it into his personal web.
After which Welbeck nodded house from shut vary after Ramsey’s header had been saved to supply the scoreline a beneficiant look.