how were those nerves? well, how about this for a settler? not two minutes later danny welbeck broke and fell. a plea, a pause. a penalty. back to welbeck. pressure. in a kick a stadium exhaled. arsenal aren't always suitable for before the watershed. though always a chance ofjump scares courtesy of a desperate milan with nothing to lose. arsenal ensured they had nothing to gain either. xhaka aimed for one corner and somehow scored in the other. safety. then time for luxury. they queued up for a third, welbeck got it. a competition which was never supposed to be a priority for arsenal has helped them regain a little of their identity. patrick gearey, bbc news. newsnight is coming up on bbc two. here is an ollie. tonight we talk to the excelled russian oligarch who believes blood and putin has lost control of the russian state. during the night on bbc hello and welcome to sportsday.
coming up on the programme... arsenal sail through to the quarter finals of the europa league for the first time in eight years. danny welbeck marked his england call—up with a double. not quite a green sweep but it's the irish trainers who dominate at cheltenham along with a record breaking win for willie mullins. tiger woods continues to play like... well, tiger woods, as he continues his comeback at bay hill. hello and welcome to the programme, and after a disappointing week for premier league sides in europe, tonight arsenal finished what they started in italy to seal their place in the last eight of the europa league. they beat ac milan 3—1 in their second leg this evening.
arsenal went into this with a 2—1 lead from italy, but they really didn't start the game as if they we re didn't start the game as if they were trying to defend that. they went on the attack from the get go? no signs at all from arsenal they we re no signs at all from arsenal they were going to sit back and protect their two goal advantage that they won in italy. they attack from the off, and it can backfire. it looked like it might, when calhanoglu tour came from range, about 35 minutes in. what a goal. it looked like it would set up ac milan and you worried for arsenal's fragile confidence. a pretty soft looking penalty for a foul on danny welbeck. i think it was given by the official behind the goal. a lot of controversy about whether he might have dived. a pressure penalty, he scored and that restored the advantage. ac had more chances, but when xhaka's shop managed to find
his way in, they managed to find a third and fifth overall. ultimately, a pretty comfortable evening for arsenal after what had been a pretty sticky spell earlier last month. they have won their last three matches. a bit of a renaissance for them. good to see some arsenal fans looking happy and celebrating tonight. maybe they are one of the favourites as we move through the tournament. i mean, is there anyone at this stage in the quarterfinals that they might want to avoid? there area that they might want to avoid? there are a couple of surprise results. lyon have gone out, and borussia dortmund. they are two teams you might expect to be in the quarterfinal stages, and perhaps even later. lazio is still there and that will be a tricky test for arsenal, i don't think they want them in the quarterfinals. and atletico madrid won 8—1 lokomotiv moscow. they will be a real challenge and have real experience in europe. this competition might be opening up for them. it is a route
into the champions league if they win it and there was a chance for them. the draw is taking place tomorrow. for the moment, thank you. aaron ramsey was in the arsenal side for tonights match against milan, but he was a notable absentee in ryan giggs' first squad as wales manager. ramsey will undergo minor surgery during the international break. we have been in discussions with arsenal, and are over the last couple of weeks. he has a small procedure, it is the ideal time during the international break to get that done. he will be in the squad tonight for the game against ac milan. it is a good time to get this done. it is a bloke obviously, because he is a quality player, but the best thing to do, going to the future. gareth southgate might be happy to see those goals, after naming him in his squad for the
upcoming friendlies against the netherlands and italy. burnley‘s solid season has been rewarded with call ups for defenderjames tarkowski and keeper nick pope. bournemouth midfielder lewis cook has been called up for the second time you may remember he helped england's u20 squad lift the world cup last year. manchester united's ashley young and arsenal midfielder jack wilshere return to the fold as southgate takes another look at his options ahead of this summer's world cup. i've got to now go into the world cup looking at who are the players we believe can play at that level, who are the players that have done well in the past? there are clearly some inclusions of players that are playing well for clubs, and some that are getting their first call—up. so, there is a little bit more complex minefield to get through. west ham games are to have increased police presence and tighter security measures in place after crowd trouble during last saturday's defeat to burnley.
an emergency meeting was held tonight to discuss the pitch invasions and protests that at one point saw captain mark noble wrestle a fan to the ground. the group in charge of stadium safety has also warned any future trouble could lead to closure of the stadium. penhill ridden by paul townend won the big race of the day, the stayers hurdle at cheltenham. the 12—1 shot saw off the challenge of supasundae to become the sixth win at this year's festival for trainer willie mullins. mullins later had another success to become the leading cheltenham festival trainer overall with 61 victories. you know, when you start training in ireland, one of your missions is to get one winner in cheltenham. you don't think you would get three. it comes as a huge surprise. a delighted at the same time. tiger woods has continued his comeback today at the arnold palmer invitational. he ended the first round in second,
on four under. woods has been in fine form and this putt on the 7th was one of a number of highlights from his four under par 68. it's been a while since we've seen a smile like that from the former world number one. i've been away from it for so long. when i first came back, it wasjust a matter of getting my fuel for tournament golf again. i think i have it. i feel like tournament golf again. i think i have it. ifeel like i am not really thinking as much around the golf course. i can just thinking as much around the golf course. i canjust see it, feel let undergo. isjust course. i canjust see it, feel let undergo. is just because course. i canjust see it, feel let undergo. isjust because i have got my feel back again. rugby and head coach eddiejones has rung the changes for england's six nations meeting with already crowned champions ireland who are bidding for their third grand slam. fly half george ford has been dropped, with owen farrell moving to 10 instead. dylan hartley returns to captain the side. while scrum half danny care and forwardsjoe launchbury and dan cole all drop out of the starting 15 as england look
to avoid a third straight defeat. we feel we need the pace to beat ireland. they have won ten or ii games on the trot and nobody has been able to beat them. we feel we need to bring a team on the field that can play a certain way to beat them. that is what we have selected. not much change for the ireland squad, peter o'mahony, rob kearney and cian healy have all shaken off injuries to take their places in the squad. so there's just one new man in ulster‘s iain henderson comes in to replace devin toner. and warren gatland has brought dan biggar back at fly half for wales as they aim for a second place finish in this year's championship. he takes over from gareth anscombe, who drops to the bench. record super league try scorer danny maguire scored his first try for hull kr as they beat huddersfield 38—6
at kirklees stadium. ryan shaw scored two tries but it was maguire who scored the final try of the game. hull kr move up to 8th in the table with just their second win of the 2018 season. over to peongchang now where there's been disappointment for britain's wheelchair curling team at the winter paralympics. we will be hoping for medal success in the snowboard slalom. before that, the setting biathlon. earlier, disappointment for the wheelchair curling team as they missed out on a place in the semifinals. our reporter kate grey is there for us. may be snowing now, but the weather earlier today was murky and miserable, but it probably reflects the mood in the wheelchair curling tea m the mood in the wheelchair curling team camp. they had tough matches, first against the host nation korea ina tight first against the host nation korea in a tight game all of the way to
the final end. a must win match for both teams. the pressure was really on the skip, aileen nelson, to get the last stone right. korea came out with a victory, meaning that they move into the final play—offs, fighting it out for medals with canada and china, with the fourth play—off position still to be decided. all
great britain could do is watch and wait. they needed no way to lose against slovakia if britain were to stand any chance of making it through to the play—offs. another nail—biting match between norway and slovakia. it went to an extra end and they even needed to bring out the measuring device to see who's stone was closest to the centre. in the end, norway won, which means they take the fourth play—off position. great britain are out the curling tournament. they will not win a medal at the paralympic games. huge disappointment for them. but britain did not have long to dwell on that news. they had another match to play against china, one of the top teams in the round—robin standings. unsurprisingly, they faced another
defeat. a disappointing day for great britain. they leave these games without a medal, a real shame, because it was going to play a big pa rt because it was going to play a big part in the medals target that was
set for them before the games, and will put a lot of pressure on the rest of paralympics gb to step up and find medals elsewhere. that's all from sportsday. coming up ina that's all from sportsday. coming up in a moment, the papers. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are martin bentham, home affairs editor at the london evening standard and jason beattie, head of politics at the daily mirror. good to have you with us. let's
bring you up to date on what the front pages are already saying. the telegraph claims the nerve agent used to poison sergei skripal and his daughter yulia may have been planted in her suitcase. excuse me. it pictures a british nuclear—powered submarine, deployed in the arctic. the metro has the headline putin the pariah after britain gained the support of the us, france and germany for blaming russia on the poisoning of the former double agent and his daughter. the ft also has that story — it pictures theresa may who today visited the scene of the poisoning in salisbury. the express looks at the world cup in russia, questions being faced of a mass boycott. the guardian his talking about jeremy corbyn,
fielding an article saying at his own mps are rushing ahead of the evidence over the poisoning. the mirror's front page has a picture of poppi worthington, the terrible case of a young child who died of a six—year. —— of asphyxiation. let's begin with the metro. i am trying to work out if it is terrible make—up on vladimir putin, and i presume he is not singing? serious story, but this is almost comical. it is almost like a flippant attempt to hit back by printing pictures of this notoriously vein, unpleasant character, but very vein, looking ridiculous. he's giving a election rally, he will win because he has no competition. it looks like he is singing, but the serious story on
the front, and elsewhere in the papers, is the joint declaration by britain, france, america and the germans, in opposition, denouncing him for the nerve agent attack in salisbury. the financialtimes expands this by saying that nato powers are also lining up. the secretary—general of nato giving strong support for theresa may and their position. how deep does this consensus go, reacting to russia? is everybody going to hold the line? what we have got is better than what we were expecting, france overnight, an agent phone call this morning between theresa may and emmanuel macron. they have the words of solidarity. they got the fact that