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Arsenal beat AC Milan: Five talking points from the Emirates

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MessagePosté le: Ven 16 Mar - 05:54 (2018)    Sujet du message: Arsenal beat AC Milan: Five talking points from the Emirates Répondre en citant


thai sbo Arsenal completed a 5-1 aggregate victory over AC Milan in the Europa League by winning 3-1 on the night at the Emirates to progress to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Hakan Calhanoglu's first-half strike gave the Gunners a brief scare, but Danny Welbeck's controversial penalty just before the break restored the advantage and when Gianluigi Donnarumma failed to deal with Granit Xhaka's long-range shot it was over as a contest

Welbeck's late header added further gloss to the scoreline and sealed Arsenal's place in the last eight, but how far can Arsene Wenger's team go in the competition? Will they save their season? And have they hit upon the right personnel to help achieve that goal?

Injury problem for Koscielny
The night did not start particularly well for Arsenal with captain Laurent Koscielny picking up an early back injury that forced him off the field. Fortunately, it seems that the problem is unlikely to be a long-term one for the 32-year-old Frenchman. "He got a kick on his back," said Wenger in the press conference afterwards. "We don't think it's bad."

Koscielny has not enjoyed the best of seasons but he remains a key figure at the club so it was a positive that the Gunners were able to get the job done without him. Calum Chambers did well to adjust in his role as the replacement and Shkodran Mustafi was much improved alongside him. It still feels a fragile area for Arsenal in more ways than one. thai sbo

Welbeck is under the spotlight
At the other end of the pitch, Welbeck marked his England call-up by scoring his first goals since the first week of 2018. But it would be stretching the truth to suggest that the forward enhanced his reputation given that the first of his goals came from a penalty kick awarded when he went down in the box following minimal contact with Ricardo Rodriguez.

Where Welbeck did impress was in getting to his feet to send Donnarumma the wrong way from the spot and his subsequent performance will have encouraged Wenger that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's ineligibility coupled with Alexandre Lacazette's injury need not be the crippling blow to their Europa League hopes that it might have seemed.

Wilshere and Ramsey combine
Perhaps even more significant was the partnership between Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey who combined well to set up Welbeck for his second goal. Wenger has been reluctant to pair the duo together in his midfield this season. Indeed, they have found themselves in the same Premier League starting line-up only once since 2014.

However, with Xhaka behind them, each produced promising performances. The long-term future of both men at Arsenal is in doubt - "we have made a proposal to him and I want him to stay," was Wenger's assessment of Wilshere's future this week - but the priority right now is finding the right blend in midfield for the rest of this season. There are signs that they are it. thai sbo

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A celebration of Paul Scholes’ goal against Barcelona – his greatest ever
sbobet asian A decade has passed since Paul Scholes scored an Earth-shattering long-range goal for Manchester United against Barcelona. For reasons of context and timing, it should be remembered as his greatest ever. Cast your mind back to the middle of the 2005-06 season. Manchester United captain Roy Keane has left the club after ruthlessly criticising his team-mates in a never-broadcast interview.

With Keane now at Celtic, Alex Ferguson picks an assortment of untested central midfield combinations, highlighting a worrying lack of squad depth. Rookie Darren Fletcher, converted striker Alan Smith, utility player John O’Shea and winger Ryan Giggs all make a surprising number of appearances in the middle of the park. United’s most talented player in that position, Paul Scholes, is ruled out for the season in late January with a diagnosis of double vision. He is, at this point, 31 years old.

It’s hard to pin down an exact moment, but somewhere around this time, somewhere around getting into his 30s, missing games and seeing — albeit blurrily — John O’Shea taking his central midfield berth, Paul Scholes stops being a goalscoring midfielder. There seem to be a few reasons why this happens: declining pace, the loss of reliable defensive cover provided by Keane, changing tactics. Whatever the causes, these changes produce a slow transformation. Scholes the box-to-box midfielder is, with his feet up for the remainder of the season, becoming Scholes the deep-lying playmaker. He scored goals, my lord, he scored goals. But he will now score far fewer.

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With his vision restored, 2006-07 marks something of an encore for goalscoring Scholes. Although a return of seven goals in 45 appearances is modest, one of those happens to be a thunderous volley from 25 yards, the second in a 3-0 win at Aston Villa. For some fans, that memorable strike remains the midfielder’s greatest goal. And by some metrics, it probably is: the technique is flawless, the beauty unparalleled, the unintentional Gavin McCann assist commendable. sbobet asian

It goes in off the crossbar, for goodness’ sake!
But for all those goal connoisseurs who value the intrinsic qualities of a strike, there are those that call for a more all-encompassing definition of a ‘great goal’ — one that includes context. The second strike out of three in a pre-Christmas league match? For all of that volley’s qualities, its relative meaninglessness counts against it.

The 2006-07 season finishes with United winning the league and losing the FA Cup final to Chelsea, an extra-time Didier Drogba strike proving the difference. Match of the Day’s ‘Goal of the Season’ award goes to Scholes’ team-mate Wayne Rooney. Although he will not retire permanently for another six years, Scholes will never score five league goals in a season again.

2007-08 is an exciting season for United. Owen Hargreaves arrives from Bayern Munich, Carlos Tevez arrives from some organisation or other and future world-beaters Nani and Anderson arrive from Sporting CP and Porto. It’s an exciting season for Scholes too, albeit a strange one. On August 15, in United’s second league match of the season, the ‘Ginger Ninja’ scores in a 1-1 draw at Portsmouth. It’s a brilliant finish, but he won’t add to that single Premier League goal all season.

April 29, 2008. Ten years ago this week. After defeating Roma in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, United have taken a 0-0 away result into the second leg of their semi-final against Barcelona. This Barcelona side will thwart United multiple times over the next few seasons, but not tonight. The 14th minute. In a desperate attempt to keep Ronaldo at bay, Barcelona right-back Gianluca Zambrotta prods a left-footed clearance into the middle of Barcelona’s half. sbobet asian

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