Arsenal Rally Falls Just Short

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Nobody gave Arsenal much of a chance to recover from the 4-0 loss they suffered to AC Milan in Italy. Top flight Italian sides such as AC Milan just don't leak goals like that.

Arsenal held belief though and Laurent Koscielny heading home a corner kick after only 7 minutes the EPL side had a definite hop in their step. Twenty minutes later a poor clearance allowed Tomas Rosicky to score and suddenly AC Milan were in a bit of trouble. Arsenal were streaming forward behind Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Just before halftime Oxlade-Chamberlain was dropped in the box and Robin Van Persie knocked home making the aggregate 4-3. Was history in the making? No team had ever overcome a 4-0 aggregage. It looked to all be going wrong with Milan when El Shaarawy boke in alone but slipped his shot wide.

Arsenal had drawn it to 3-4 at the break and were looking like they had more goals in them.  Credit to AC Milan though as they regrouped for the next 45. They were clearly more settled in the second half and were generating some chances. Arsenal dodged some bullets as the Italians were not sharp with their finishing.

Robin Van Persie had Arsenal's best chance of the half as he got on a rebound just in front of goal.  He was certain to score only to have Christian Abbiati throw a hand up at the last moment to deny the goal.  From there Arsenal were running on fumes. All the efforts of the opening half had drained them and they slowed towards the end.

AC Milan were very professional in killing off the last few minutes and they survived their trip to London just barely. A wonderful effort from Arsenal and they'll gain confidence from the result as they head into the final ten games of the EPL season.

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