Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger can now breathe easy as his team eased past AC Milan, 2-0, at the San Siro.
Before the match kicked off, the whole stadium observed a minute of silence in remembrance of Davide Astori, who collapsed and died in his hotel room.
Milan started out strong. As early as the 2nd minute, Arsenal had already conceded a corner, after Curtone’s shot was sent out.
Milan continued to pile pressure on Arsenal, and they would have won a penalty, had Hakan Calhanoglu gone down in the penalty box after David Ospina lunged forward to intercept the ball.
Milan continued their dominance, however, their spirits were dampened in 15th minute after Henrikh Mkhitaryan created space inside the box and managed to send a screamer of a shot that was deflected past the Milan keeper.
With a new found spirit, Arsenal continued their exploits and some minutes just before half-time, Wenger’s men were at it again. Aaron Ramsey waltzed past Gianluigi Donnarumma, to seal the win.
After a period of poor results, Arsenal are one foot into the next round of the competition, with two valuable away goals.
In Spain, Atletico stormed past Lokomotiv Moscow after scoring 3-0. Saul Ninguez opened the score sheet in the 22nd minute, with Diego Costa and Koke putting something past the Moscow defence.
In Germany, Dortmund failed to shine at home after they were thrashed by Red Bull Salzburg at home. Valon Berisha opened Salzburg’s account in the 49th minute form the penalty spot. Minutes later, he added another to seal their victory. Andre Schurle managed to salvage something for Dortmund in the 62nd minute.
Sporting Lisbon, Marseille and Leipzig all managed a win in their respective matches while Lazio was held to a 2-2 draw by a 10 man Dynamo Kyiv.