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Arsenal seal progress in the Europa League

Posted on April 12, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal drew 2-2 with CSKA Moscow at the Arena CSKA on Thursday night in the Europa League quarter-finals second leg, to win 6-3 on aggregate in the tie.

CSKA Moscow made a strong start to the game without really troubling the Gunners backline. The first real attempt on goal arrived on 21 minutes, as Bistrovich sent a long-range effort well wide of goal.

The game finally saw a real threat on goal on 27 minutes. It all stemmed from Alan Dzagoev having a shot blocked by the Gunners defence. The ball fell to Danny Welbeck to released Alexandre Lacazette. The French striker just hesitated on the ball for too long and A. Berezutski managed to block the effort.

The Gunners broke on 35 minutes, but Welbeck’s pass was behind Aaron Ramsey and the chance was gone. The home side took the lead on 39 minutes. Petr Cech saved Nababkin’s header from Kuchaev. However, striker Fedor Chalov pounced on the rebound to score from close-range.

Just two minutes before the break, Bistrovic hit a powerful effort over the Arsenal bar, as the Russian side looked for a way back into the game. The dangerous Bistrovic flashed a cross just past Nigerian international striker Ahmed Musa.

The Gunners had a chance to finish the tie on 49 minutes. Welbeck raced through on goal and tried to play in Ramsey, but the forward put too much on the pass and the ball went into the arms of Igor Akinfeev.

The home side doubled their lead a minute later. Golovin hit a long-range effort that Cech parried away, only for wing-back Kirill Nababkin to volley a powerful effort past the Czech goalkeeper.

Three minutes later CSKA threatened again three minutes later. Golovin hit an effort from 20 yards out, which drew a superb save from Cech. The Gunners saw a goal disallowed on 57 minutes. Mohamed Elneny headed home from Spanish star Hector Bellerin, but the referee assistant disallowed the effort.

Arsenal threatened on 66 minutes, as Lacazette hit a volley from long-range well over the CSKA bar. Three minutes later Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny fired over the bar from six yards out at the far post.

Two minutes later the home side came close to making it three. Defender Ignashevich smashed an effort just wide of Cech’s post. The visitors all bit sealed progress with just 15 minutes left on the clock.

Welbeck played a one-two with Elneny before firing a sublime effort into the top right-hand corner of the net. On 84 minutes, Calum Chambers headed straight at Akinfeev from a Mesut Ozil corner kick.

With just two minutes left on the clock, Ozil produced a superb through ball to Alex Iwobi, who fired horribly wide of the target. The Gunners had a chance to equalise on the night in stoppage-time, as Welbeck saw a shot saved by Akinfeev.

However, Arsene Wenger’s did equalise on the night two minutes into stoppage-time, as Elneny played a superb ball to Ramsey, who chipped the ball over Akinfeev.

The goal was the last effort of the game, as Arsenal recorded a 5-3 aggregate victory over the Russian side and seal progress to the semi-finals of the competition.

Who was Arsenal’s man of the match against CSKA Moscow?

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