Arsene Wenger was delighted to see his beleaguered Arsenal side return to form in a 2-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro but insists there is still work to do in the second leg at the Emirates next week.
Arsenal had lost four in a row heading into the first leg of this Europa League last-16 clash but now have a huge advantage to defend back in London.
“It is an important win of course after we had a nightmare week,” Wenger told BT Sport. “Overall it is important to win, but it is not qualification. We have to finish the job at home. I am happy with the spirit and response we gave.”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s deflected strike and Aaron Ramsey’s goal on the stroke of half-time gave Arsenal a deserved success.
“We were not in a position to take risks, but we could not be too cautious as you lose fluidity. We defended with resilience until the end.
“When you play in a cup final it is hard to digest in a few days. When you are knocked down like a boxer you don’t have time to react and you are only halfway up, but you have to respond.
“Your pride and desire to show quality has to come through in the game.”