Arsenal boss Wenger: This season's Europa League harder than ever

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Meanwhile, Arsenal are preparing to take on AC Milan in the second leg of their last-16 tie in the Europa League.

Wenger's team selection for the win over Watford confirmed his previous suggestion that he sees qualification for the game's great cash cow via the league as being beyond his side at this stage.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that if his side are to win silverware this season then they will have to overcome the toughest pool of teams in the history of the Europa League.

Qualifying for next season's Champions League is essential to Wenger's hopes of extending his 22-year reign and, with their domestic form so patchy this year, winning the Europa League is their only realistic way of achieving that goal. "That is the most important quality for me".

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That refusal to be beaten down by Mourinho is a testament to Mkhitaryan's competitive personality.

Speaking to SportMediaSet, Gattuso reiterated that his Milan side still have a slim chance of progressing and they will still be playing for pride.

Arsène Wenger expects Jack Wilshere to play his first football for England since Euro 2016 in this month's global fixtures, saying the "vibes I get are positive" regarding the midfielder's callup.

The Gunners killed th the game in the 77th minutes as Henrikh Mkhitaryan latched on to a pass on the edge of the penalty area and immediately fires in a fantastic first-time effort. "Just thanks to the fans who were supporting".

The match also saw Arsenal score their 1000th Premier League home goal, Mesut Ozil become the fastest player to reach 50 assists and Cech keep his 200th clean sheet in the competition.