Arsenal produced a proud performance and came close to the greatest Champions League comeback of all time against AC Milan at the Emirates last night.
First half goals from Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky and a Robin Van Persie penalty put the Gunners 3-0 at the break and one goal behind AC on aggregate.
But they could not find the fourth to level the tie, with Van Persie guilty of missing the best chance of the second period.
Having been taught a footballing lesson three weeks ago in Milan, Wenger’s side needed to overturn a 4-0 deficit to remain in the Champions League.
A packed Emirates stadium turned up more in hope than expectation but was giving the perfect lift after seven minutes when Koscielny rose to meet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s corner and put Arsenal 1-0 up.
Fifteen minutes later Rosicky fired in from the edge of the box, meaning Arsenal were half way to there, with over an hour to play.
Things got even better just before the break when Oxlade-Chamberlain, once again very impressive down the right wing, was fouled inside the area, and the ever reliable Van Persie smashed home the resulting penalty.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side should have gone further behind when Gervinho’s shot fell into the path of Van Persie and the inform Dutchman tried chipping Christian Abbiati, and failed to do so.
Arsenal pushed and pushed for the equaliser but eventually the four goal drubbing in the San Siro was not to be overturned, but the Gunners certainly won the hearts of the nation.