Wenger hails Arsenal win after 'nightmare' week

Wenger hails Arsenal win after 'nightmare' week

"Like a boxing match, when you are half knocked-down and another (punch) comes again, and that's what happened to us".

However, Italy global Bonaventura is refusing to take the struggling Gunners lightly and insists the "strong players" Arsene Wenger has available to him will pose Milan a stern test.

On Tuesday March 6 2012, Arsenal hosted AC Milan at the Emirates for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

"We defended with resilience until the end, and showed great pride and desire".

Arsene Wenger hopes Arsenal's win at AC Milan will "lift the belief" of the team after going through one of the roughest patches of his tenure, but also warned they must "finish the job" against the Italians next week.

"We were not in a position to take risks, but we could not be too cautious as you lose fluidity".

This season, the Gunners have won just a single game, against Belarusian side BATE Borisov, when wearing the strip.

"We have to be positive to have a good result and, step by step, we will come back stronger".

Just moments later Arsenal broke the deadlock, as Mesut Ozil fed Armenian Mkhitaryan, a January signing from Manchester United, to cut inside and fire in a shot which deflected past home keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma off Leonardo Bonucci.

AC Milan won 4-0 over Arsenal after the final whistle which left the Gunners with an uphill battle to get five goals in the second leg if they were to progress to quarters.

Arsenal sit in 6th, Milan in 7th, in their respective domestic leagues and both sides are light-years away from Europe's new hierarchy that's been dominated by Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in recent years.

Arsenal were relatively comfortable throughout and could have had more on the night against a team who prior to this had been unbeaten in 13.

Kosovo global Valon Berisha scored twice shortly after half-time to put Salzburg in control, the first from the penalty spot, and leave German giants Dortmund facing a surprise exit.

According to ESPN, the majority of the dressing room are not happy with the Frenchman and the club for letting Chile worldwide Alexis Sanchez leave to join Manchester United in the January transfer window.

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