Arsenal’s draw against CSKA Moscow in Russia last night ensured their passage into the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, although it wasn’t as straightforward as many fans were expecting. They went behind on the night, the Russian side were piling on the pressure, and for a while, it looked like the Gunners may follow in the footsteps of Barcelona earlier in the week. Thankfully for Arsenal fans, Wenger’s side were able to show some serious growth for the first time in what feels like forever.
Arsenal are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League after a 6-3 aggregate victory over Russian side CSKA Moscow. The aggregate score sounds highly convincing. However, in reality, it was until the last 15 minutes of the second leg that the Gunners sealed progress.
Arsenal made it difficult for themselves
The second leg in Moscow was never going to be easy, despite the fact that Arsene Wenger’s side won the home leg 4-1. For much of the contest, it looked like the Gunners would cruise through until 50th minute when CSKA Moscow took a two-goal lead on the night through Kirill Nababkin.
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.
Having won the first leg of their Europa League clash with CSKA by 4-1, Arsenal play the rematch in Moscow tonight. Shkodran Mustafi believes the team need to be careful, having learned from the experience of Barcelona two days earlier.
In the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against AS Roma, the Catalan giants beat Roma by the same result Arsenal beat CSKA. Nevertheless, with an underwhelming performance in the Italian capital the Blaugrana allowed their opponents to set the overall score level and go through on the away goal they scored. Mustafi stresses that the Gunners must learn from that and not allow themselves a similar mistake.
From Moscow to Newcastle with love. Following their visit to the Russian capital to play CSKA Moscow tomorrow night, Arsenal will have to quickly re-adjust for a visit to high-flying Newcastle United who are currently riding a three-game win streak in the Premier League. Many will see it as a relatively pointless game for the Gunners, but if they wind up losing, we can just about guarantee that the cries of Wenger Out will commence once again.
On Thursday night, Arsenal travel to the Russian capital to face CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-final second leg. The Gunners take a commanding 4-1 lead into the clash, but cannot afford complacency against the Russian side.
The home side have been in patchy form in recent weeks and their Europa League form has been little more consistent either. The Russian side have won just two of their last six games in Europe.
The Russian side’s last two European games have seen over 2.5 goals. However, their previous five games produced under 2.5 goals.
In an ideal world, at this stage of the season, Arsenal would be challenging for the Premier League title, the Champions League and the FA Cup. Unfortunately, that’s not the case and hasn’t been for quite a few years now, and because of that, some fans have grown incredibly impatient with Arsene Wenger and the squad themselves.
However, following a four-game losing slump earlier in the year, the Gunners have managed to turn things around and they’re currently riding a 6-game winning streak heading into their UEFA Europa League game against CSKA Moscow this week. Now while that is obviously the overriding story here, by the time the game comes around, people will only be focused on the fact that Arsenal ‘need’ to win the tournament in order to qualify for the UCL next season.
On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal host relegation-threatened Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are currently sixth-place in the table and a top-four finish now looks well beyond Arsene Wenger’s team. However, the Gunners have been in decent form of late, winning their last five games in all competitions, having scored at least two goals in all five of the victories.
The north London side has also won their last two Premier League games 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium. One of the positives, as always it seems with Arsenal is their home record.
Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey seems like an enigma. He arrived in north London from Cardiff as one of the most dynamic young midfielders in the British game. However, he has not quite fulfilled his potential as a player yet at Arsenal.
However, last night’s 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-final first leg was one of those nights that make you believe that the midfielder can be a real asset to the team.
He looked lively and caused an admittedly shaky CSKA Moscow defence major problems. The game was Ramsey at his best and why Arsenal may want to extend his contract in north London.
On Thursday night, Arsenal host CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium in the quarter-final first leg of the Europa League.
Arsenal have been enduring a difficult campaign. However, the Europa League has been the highlight of the season so far. Last time out in the competition, the Gunners saw-off Italian giants AC Milan 5-1 on aggregate after a 2-0 win at the San Siro and a 3-1 victory at the Emirates.
The wins against the Rossoneri mean that Arsene Wenger’s side has now won four of their last five games in the Europa League. A key to that good run in Europe’s secondary competition is the home sides attacking prowess, as they have scored at least two goals in four of their last five European outings.