Ozil reaches Arsenal century as he delivers for Wenger against AC Milan

Ozil reaches Arsenal century as he delivers for Wenger against AC Milan

In the San Siro, he had already been giving young Milan right-back Davide Calabria a torrid time before putting Arsenal on the path to victory with his first goal for the Gunners.

The Gunners arrived at the San Siro at arguably the lowest point of manager Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign, yet responded to a run of four straight defeats with a confident and controlled display against their Italian hosts. The Armenia worldwide ensured it did not go to waste, maintaining his fine Europa League goalscoring record with a little help from a Leonardo Bonucci deflection.

With confidence growing from that moment, Arsenal seized control and spurned a few chances to extend their lead before Aaron Ramsey latched on to a Mesut Ozil through-ball to make it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time. "We have won a game, we are not qualified. He's a great teammate, a great man and I'll always carry him with me".

It seemed justified as they pinned Arsenal back in the opening few minutes - but that was as hard as it got for the Gunners.

Arsenal will be hoping there are many more goals and assists to come from Ozil.

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"It was like that with me from the start [of my career]".

Leonardo Bonucci felt Milan were "too anxious and made too many simple errors" against Arsenal, then paid an emotional tribute to Davide Astori.

The last time the two side's met in the 2011/12 season, Milan thrashed the Premier League side 4-0 in the first leg of the Champions League last-16.

Wenger has in the past been criticised for being too quick to bow to Ozil's needs, with even those inside his own dressing room concerned at the special treatment the Germany worldwide has received. The Italians had gone 10 games without losing between these defeats.

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