Arsenal vs AC Milan, Europa League last-16 live: Latest score and updates

Liam Corless, Tom Newman
The Independent
Danny Welbeck scored a vital first-half goal: Getty
Danny Welbeck scored a vital first-half goal: Getty

Arsenal host AC Milan in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 clash, with the Gunners holding a 2-0 lead from the first leg at the San Siro. Will Arsene Wenger's men make good on that impressive outing in Italy? Find out below! We'll be covering the game as it unfolds across the night:

Match preview:

Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey have given Arsene Wenger’s side a distinct advantage as they head into the clash, after ending AC Milan’s 12-match unbeaten streak.

For Wenger, and with domestic qualification for the Champions League seemingly out of reach, the Gunners’ best chance of qualifying for the tournament could well be through winning the Europa League, and therefore Thursday night takes on a new dimension of pressure and importance for his side.

AC Milan have returned to winning ways in Serie A after their home defeat against Arsenal, and Gennaro Gettuso’s side will be looking for an inspired performance on Thursday against a side who are known to have defensive fragilities across their back line.

What time does it start?

Arsenal vs AC Milan kicks off at 20:05 at the Emirates on Thursday 15 March.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2 from 19:30.

It’s a big game for…

Arsene Wenger. Having lost four games for the first time since 2002, Wenger’s side responded in the right way, beating AC Milan 2-0 away and winning 3-0 at home to Watford. Thursday night is yet another chance for Wenger to prove he is the man to take this club forward beyond this season, and knocking out AC Milan and progressing to the Europa League quarter-finals would go some way to doing just that.

Wenger has once again found himself under pressure (Getty)
Wenger has once again found himself under pressure (Getty)

Weird /best stat…

AC Milan have won the Champions League seven times, more than any other team left in the 2017/18 Europa League.

Player to watch…

Alex Iwobi. Arsene Wenger has repeatedly stated how highly he rates Iwobi, and despite some off-field antics that saw him disciplined by the club, he has, at times, shone for Arsenal in the current campaign. The home fixture against AC Milan could be another chance for the Nigerian international to impress, and he is certainly capable of doing so.

Alex Iwobi in action for Arsenal (Getty)
Alex Iwobi in action for Arsenal (Getty)

Past three meetings…

AC Milan 0 Arsenal 2, Europa League, March 2018

Arsenal 3 AC Milan 0, Champions League, March 2012

AC Milan 4 Arsenal 0, Champions League, February 2012

Form guide…

Arsenal: LLLLWW

AC Milan: WWWWLW

Odds…

Arsenal to win: 1/1

Draw: 13/5

AC Milan to win: 11/4

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