Former Manchester United star, Danny Welbeck scored twice against AC Milan to toast his England recall by sending Arsenal into the last eight of the Europa League.
Ahead with 2-0 from the first leg in Italy, Arsenal were shaken by Hakan Calhanoglu’s 30-yard strike but hit back to win 3-1 on the night and assure themselves of a spot in the quarter-finals.
Welbeck leveled with just his third goal in 26 games by winning and converting a dubious penalty before heading home from point-blank range after Granit Xhaka’s tame strike had put the hosts ahead.
Arsene Wenger’s side had fallen at the last-16 stage in their last seven Champions League campaigns but have at least gone one better in this tournament as they won a European knockout tie at home for the first time since seeing off the same opponents here in 2012.
Andre Silva, who scored a last-minute winner for Milan in their Serie A victory at Genoa on Sunday, had a great chance to reduce the arrears inside the opening minute – but the Portugal international could only hit the side-netting when played in.
Arsenal settled after that early scare despite losing captain Laurent Koscielny to an early injury.
Welbeck broke the offside trap but fired straight at Gianluigi Donnarumma as his search for a goal went on.
But it would be Milan who got themselves back in the tie as Calhanoglu fired home from distance.
Arsenal’s reply was almost instantaneous, Aaron Ramsey forcing a smart stop out of Donnarumma before Welbeck was awarded a contentious penalty.