AC Milan boss Gattuso has Welbeck's back and defends English football

Seven-time European champions Milan piled on the pressure in the second half, only for their hopes to be ended when Donnarumma allowed Granit Xhaka's speculative 71st-minute strike to slip through his grasp and bobble into the net.

However, when quizzed after the match long-serving boss Wenger reverted to an answer that was his stock-in-trade during his early years at the club, replying that he "hadn't seen it".

"I don't want to accuse Danny Welbeck of cheating before I've seen it".

Wenger told the British media, "It's much better".

Saul Niguez restored their lead on the night less than two minutes into the second half, with ex-Liverpool and Chelsea striker Torres adding two further goals, the first a penalty, before substitute Antoine Griezmann deliciously lifted a fifth into the far corner. After that, Danny took the penalty in a convincing way.

"It does give you a great day out and the guarantee of Champions League football if you win it. I will give Danny my opinion as well, no problem".

Arsene Wenger has always taken a stance that English players are expert divers in the box, citing cases of Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Tottenham duo of Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

Cape Town - AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu laid heavy criticism on referee Jonas Eriksson after the Rossoneri were knocked out of the Europa League by Arsenal.

"I don't want any alibi".

Welbeck broke the offside trap but fired straight at Gianluigi Donnarumma as his search for a goal went on. "We don't think it's bad but he cramped up and couldn't go on".

Asked if Welbeck's actions had hurt England's reputation for fair play, Gattuso added: "He's a striker, he has to do what he does".

"We can't use it as a reference for all English football".

Wilshere returns to the squad, having last played for England in the 2-1 defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016.

The Emirates outfit are technically out of contention for a top four finish in the Premier League as they are in sixth position, eight points off Chelsea who are in fifth.

"You could see straightaway the response in the (Arsenal) team, and we pushed forward and were risky", Wenger said. As soon as we pushed forward, we looked unsafe and I believe overall, we won the two games and finished the games in a convincing way.

"Now we have targets to finish the season as well as possible and to focus on the quarter-final".

  • Julie Sanders