2-0 in the San Siro
AC Milan 0 Arsenal 2
Well, well, well. Wasn’t that just so like Arsenal? Spend four games hardly able to string two passes together, then go and win 2-0 in the San Siro.
‘Resolute’ was one word I saw used to describe this performance - not exactly one that rolled off the tongue in recent weeks.
But this was as good as Arsenal have been bad lately. In the first half we attacked with purpose - Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil pulling the strings as usual, with confident, assured finishes from Mkhitaryan and Ramsay.
But what pleased me - and I am sure the loyal travelling Gooners - more than anything, was the performance of some of the players who in recent weeks have looked almost shot to pieces.
Danny Welbeck worked harder than I can ever remember him doing so in an Arsenal shirt, coming deep to win back the ball, then marauding upfield to start wave after wave of attack in the first half.
And in the second, when what was called for was to shut up shop and take home an excellent advantage, the defence held firm.
Koscielny, who has looked far from his best this year, was assured and commanding at the back.
And despite early wobbles, Mustafi - the target of much anger lately - and Kolasinac, who has looked far from at home in recent weeks despite a promising start to the season, grew in confidence as the game went on.
Of course this current AC Milan side are no match for those of bygone days, but a full Giuseppe Miazza is still one of the most daunting places in which to travel in Europe, and tonight Arsenal won there - and won there convincingly.
After a month or two of spiralling almost uncontrollably out of form, both domestic cups and the race for the top four, at last an evening to restore some pride. And all the more sweet after last night, too. Forza, Juve!
A week from now we must finish this particular Italian Job.