The tie of the round would have left the 9000 travelling fans gobsmacked at the performance from their team. Following on from their humiliating League Cup exit at the hands of North London rivals Spurs just last month, few would have believed the Gunners’ would be on the receiving end of such a result so soon after.
Man of the match Wayne Rooney opened the scoring just past the quarter hour mark before Darren Fletcher nodded in a second four minutes later. It was a Portuguese winger who made it 3 before half time, Nani stepping in for probably his best performance this season.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said Emmanuel Eboue’s sending off seemed ‘harsh’ in his opinion but admitted his side were well out of the game by the time Fletcher scored his second header of the match on 74 minutes.
The real test comes in midweek. Arsenal bounced back emphatically after their League Cup exit in January, now can they pick themselves up for the last 16 first leg tie at the Emirates against a lacklustre AC Milan side?
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