Gunners stunner: Kevin-Prince Boateng volleys AC Milan in front early in the first half
No chance: Arsenal keeper Szczesny was left helpless by Boateng's brilliant opening strike
At this point Thomas Vermaelen slipped on the Milan pitch — which was poor, but not in a way that seemed to overly trouble the home team, who played all the football on it — allowing the Brazilian to size up a shot which he sent beyond the reach of Wojciech Szczesny.
Unmarked: Robinho (left) heads past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (centre) for the second goal
Three and easy: Robinho (centre) blasts the third goal from the edge of the penalty area
Humiliation complete: Zlatan Ibrahimovic places the ball into the corner of the net from the penalty spot
Roar: Ibrahimovic celebrates his third goal against Arsenal in the Champions League in recent years
Au revoir: Thierry Henry (centre) was humbled on his farewell appearance for Arsenal
Deadly duo: The scorers of Milan's first three goals celebrate Robinho's second strike of the night
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts during the heavy defeat in the San Siro
The reality is that the beautiful game associated with Arsenal is hardly seen these days. Arsenal can play better, no doubt of it, but in the first half here they were pedestrian by comparison to Milan.
The Italians, who have not fared so well in Europe themselves since winning this tournament in 2007, were quicker, sharper, more enterprising and savvier.They broke freely, and with intelligence, they sized up and seized opportunities. When the ball took a ricochet and shot into the air in the penalty area, Arsenal’s defence, to a man, stood transfixed by it — only Ibrahimovic adjusted his position to take advantage as it fell at his feet. Milan are the leading team in Serie A and, time was, such domination of possession and invention came with the territory. They were top too, however, when Tottenham Hotspur visited here last season and won.
Hang your heads: Arsenal are all but eliminated from the Champions League after their shambolic show