- Arsenal suffered two dreadful successive 3-0 defeats by Manchester City
- Gunners lost 2-1 against Brighton and many called for Arsene Wenger’s head
- But Arsenal responded with victory over AC Milan in last 16 Europa League tie
- Wenger said: ‘You are half knocked-down and another (punch) comes again’
Will Griffee For Mailonline
Arsene Wenger compared Arsenal’s recent bad form to a ‘half knocked-down’ boxer after his side arrested their recent poor form with a 2-0 win against AC Milan.
Victory in the San Siro brings welcome relief to the Gunners who suffered consecutive defeats by Manchester City before an abject loss away at Brighton.
‘It has been a nightmare week but it was a good result but it is not qualification, so we have to finish the job at home,’ Wenger said after Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey goals put Arsenal in control of the Europa League last 16 tie.
Arsene Wenger compared his side’s recent form to a half knocked down boxer being punched
Aaron Ramsey scored his side’s second goal of the game in a 2-0 win against AC Milan
‘Overall, I am happy with our spirit and the response we gave. We defended with resilience and until the end. We did that well.
‘(In the second half) our pace dropped but I think it is down to the fact we’ve played four games in 10 days – four intense games.’
He continued: ‘I think that when we play a cup final on Sunday and you lose it, it is hard psychologically to digest that in three or four days and we had games on the bounce straight away.’
Arsenal bounced back in the Europa League after three painful defeats in a row
Many have been calling for Wenger to step down, particularly with his side so far adrift of the top four.
But the Frenchman is pleased with his team showing resilience and picking themselves off the canvas.
‘Like a boxing match, when you are half knocked-down and another (punch) comes again, and that’s what happened to us.
‘But at some stage, you have to respond with your pride and your desire that you have to quality to win the game and that’s what we did,’ he added.
The Gunners are now favourites to qualify for the last 16 after their victory