Arsenal Through To Europa League Quarter Finals

Arsenal have made it through to the quarter finals of the European continental competition for the first time since the 2009/10 Champions League, after a 3-1 (5-1 on aggregate) win over AC Milan.

They join RB Leipzig, Lazio, Sporting Lisbon, Marseille, Salzburg and CSKA Moscow and Atletico Madrid who are also though to the draw which is due to take place today (Friday) 12pm GMT.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to avoid Atletico, who qualified for the last eight with an 8-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow and are second in LaLiga.

Arsenal’s 2-0 away win against Gennaro Gattuso’s side in the first leg put the Londoners in the driving seat for the return fixture.

Danny Welbeck scored twice with his first goals since the the first week of 2018, but one of the goals was controversial.

The striker was awarded a spot-kick in the 39th minute after he went down under pressure from Ricardo Rodriguez. The penalty decision has caused much debate with some saying it looked like Rodriguez connected with Welbeck, but he went down too willingly.

Wenger insisted he had not seen the controversial foul on Welbeck.

“I haven’t seen it again,” Wenger said.

“Do you want to accuse the English players of being divers?

“There’s two things. Was it a penalty or not? I don’t know. The Italian players were not happy with it. I can understand that because I don’t really know what it was.

“After that Danny took the penalty in a convincing way. I will watch it again and give you my honest feeling about it.

“I will give him my honest feeling about it as well, don’t worry.”

Hakan Calhanoglu had opened the scoring for the visitors before Gianluigi Donnarumma put the ball into his own net in the 71st minute. Welbeck scored his second in the 86th minute.