Arsenaleason.Last term, the Partenopei finished runners-up in Serie A, but were a full 11 points off the Scudetto winners.“The previous season we were very close to Juventus, this year, however, we were further away,” said Fabian. “We are growing and I th trailed 2-0 to AC Milan at half-time in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at the San Siro. Former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng fired the Italians ahead on 15 minutes with a sublime strike, before ex-Manchester City frontman Robinho doubled the hosts' lead in the 37th minute. The Gunners never really settled and were punished for some careless possession. Thierry Henry was on the bench for the final game of his loan spell at Arsenal. The former Gunners skipper, who netted a stoppage-time winner in the Barclays Premier League at Sunderland on Saturday, will return to New York Red Bulls tomorrow. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was also among the substitutes, as Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny paired up in central defence, with Per Mertesacker out because of an ankle injury. Aaron Ramsey came into midfield, with Theo Walcott offering support to captain Robin van Persie in attack. Serie A leaders AC Milan had experienced Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic available despite his domestic ban, and he partnered former Manchester City frontman Robinho in attack. Fit-again Alessandro Nesta and Pato were among the substitutes. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had complained about the state of the pitch in his pre-match presXherdan Shaqiri insists he’s staying with Liverpool next season.The Swiss star was used as a bit-part player by Jurgen Klopp, rarely getting a start.The lack of game-time in the closing months of the season led to thoughts that Shaqiri may leave Liverpool this summer.“Is this why I came to Liverpool? Yes,” he said. “This club needs to win titles, and it’s a good start to win this one, no? Now next year we are going to go again and try to win the Premier League.“That’s my big dream, to win the Premier League with this club.“It just feels amazing. It’s been a long time since Liverpool won this title, 2005.“It’s amazing to give the fans what they deserve.“This club deserves everything, the staff, everyone involved. I think we’re going to have a big, big party!“Of course if we didn’t win it, we’d have been very disappointed.“We played such a good season, and we deserved to win at least one trophy.”s conference, the turf down the flanks at the Stadio Guiseppe Meazza having only just been relaid. Arsenal soon went on the offensive as Tomas Rosicky flashed a 25-yard drive wide. Milan, though, were also quick on the counter, as veteran Dutchman Clarence Seedorf drilled a low effort into the side netting. The home side, who remain just ahead of Juventus at the top of the Italian league, maintained their pressure, forcing a couple of corners. Seedorf, a European Cup winner with three different clubs, looked to have picked up a hamstring injury and was replaced on 12 minutes by compatriot Urby Emanuelson. Boateng fired the Italians ahead with a sublime strike. He collected a chip to the edge of the penalty area on his chest, before turning to fire the ball over Wojciech Szczesny and in off the underside of the crossbar. Arsenal needed to settle, and were composed when on the ball in midfield. Van Persie's cut-back was blocked as the Gunners captain got clear down the left. Antonio Nocerino drilled over with an angled drive from 25 yards as the Italians probed again. Ibrahimovic got ahead of Vermaelen, his old Ajax squad mate, but then bundled over the Belgian and Szczesny as they all challenged for the loose ball. Koscielny's flicked header from a floated free-kick on 25 minutes was straight at keeper Christian Abbiati. Arsenal were giving possession away far too easily, inviting the hosts on. However, despite having plenty of the ball in the final third, Milan were struggling to carve out any real openings. Vermaelen lost out to Robinho, who darted clear but the Brazilian then failed to cross for Ibrahimovic, who was clear in the middle, as Koscielny made a saving block. It was, though, 2-0 soon after when Ibrahimovic charged down the left channel and squared for Robinho to nod in from six yards. On 43 minutes, Koscielny hobbled off and was replaced by Johan Djourou. There was a stoppage at the end of the first half when Luca Antonini collided with the Arsenal keeper – and the Milan man then shown a yellow card for his troubles.