Arsenal has something to cheer after a long time. They have English internationals in their team and to boost their confidence England’s head coach Gareth Southgate recalls them in England squad for friendlies against Holland and Italy. Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck’s England recall boost Arsenal result against AC Milan and in result Gunners reached to Europa League quarterfinals with 5-1 aggregate victory over Rossoneri.
Gunners had the advantage from first-leg 2-0 lead, but it was AC Milan who were dominant in first-half of second leg at Emirates. Hakan Calhanoglu cleared his intentions to march ahead with attacking football as he scored a thunderous strike from 30m to give Rossoneri lead, but Welbeck ruined his celebration five minutes later with a strike from the spot.
It was controversial because Welbeck dived to earn the penalty from the slightest of touch from Ricardo Rodriguez, but Gunners enjoyed it. It gave them the momentum to get back into the game and ends AC Milan’s hope to move forward into the tournament.
Welbeck was helped by the confidence he got from England’s call and converting penalty was just the need of the time. In second-half he scored once more after Granit Xhaka doubled Arsenal’s lead to make it 3-1 for the night, and earned 5-1 aggregate victory for his team.
Jack Wilshere also got his confidence back as he looked lively in the middle of the park and tries his shots from range as well. England midfielder is an unquestionable talent and Gareth Southgate has himself admitted it. He said on his recall, “Jack has unquestionable talent. The key for me is he’s now playing in the games that matters for Arsenal and playing well, (showing) his technical ability, passing ability.”
Wilshere played with confidence putting Arsenal’s captain armband and it was performance of a morale boost up after getting England’s call. He hasn’t got England’s call after Euro 2016 elimination against Iceland which really hurts his morale, he needed a second chance and he deservedly got one and we hope his performance will improve playing for Arsenal as well.
England squad to face Holland and Italy
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jordon Pickford, Jack Butland, Nick Pope
Defenders: Kylie Walker, Kieran Tripper, Ryan Bertrand, Danny Rose, John Stones, James Tarkowski, Alfie Mawson, Joe Gomez, Harry Maguire
Midfielders: Eric Dier, Jack Wilshere, Jordon Henderson, Jake Livermore, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Lewis Cook
Attackers: Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford