The narrative heading into today’s UEFA Europa League action was that Arsenal was trending downwards and AC Milan was trending upwards.
But Arsenal’s squad wasn’t having any of that.
Goals from Henrik Mikhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey have given the Gunners a shock 2-0 lead over Milan at the San Siro in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie. It’s a scoreline that destroys the previous narrative, and gives Milan a huge hill to climb, though one that’s certainly possible with 45 minutes plus another 90 left.
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Of the early games, Atletico Madrid holds a 1-0 lead over Lokomotiv Moscow, while CSKA Moscow-Lyon and Borussia Dortmund-RB Salzburg are scoreless.
With 45 minutes left to play, let’s see how many more goals find the back of the net. Follow along with us in the link above, and below is a schedule of the matches of the day.
Thursday’s Europa League Round of 16, first legs
AC Milan v. Arsenal — 1 p.m. ET
CSKA Moscow v. Lyon — 1 p.m. ET
Borussia Dortmund v. Salzburg — 1 p.m. ET
Atletico Madrid v. Lokomotiv Moscow — 1 p.m. ET
Lazio v. Dynamo Kiev — 3:05 p.m. ET
RB Leipzig v. Zenit — 3:05 p.m. ET
Marseille v. Athletic Bilbao — 3:05 p.m. ET
Sporting CP v. Viktoria Plzen — 3:05 p.m. ET