Arsenal narrowly escapes CSKA Moscow's surge to book semi-final spot

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

About 500 traditional Russian ear-flapped hats or 'shapka-ushanka, ' were distributed among Arsenal fans ahead of the quarterfinals second-leg match of the UEFA Europa League against CSKA Moscow FC in the Russian capital on Thursday night, a TASS correspondent reported.

Laurent Koscielny thinks Arsenal need to have more confidence in their play as they aim to win the trophy and book a place in next season's Champions League.

With Arsenal barely making the Europa semi-final after struggling with a 2-2 draw away at CSKA Moscow, an Arsenal legend has made a shocking claim about his former side.

Ramsey was able to play the full game as Arsenal comfortably prevailed 6-3 on aggregate, even scoring the equaliser on the night in the second leg deep into stoppage time.

But it was far from plain sailing as the 4-1 advantage they had gained in the first leg was soon reduced to just one goal as CSKA opened up a 2-0 lead at the VEB Arena.

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League, 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Atletico lost 1-0 to Sporting in Lisbon on Thursday but advanced 2-1 on aggregate.

"He's got to play the ball earlier, two or three touch, his days of beating people in and around the box are over".

Arsene Wenger's side were trailing 2-0 and under pressure when Danny Welbeck's second-half goal gave them breathing space.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
GETTYHenrikh Mkhitaryan trudges off the field injured last week

Eric Abidal draws Atletico Madrid.

Asked about Wenger and the Europa League, Lacazette said: "It can be the way to keep the manager because he did so much good for the club".

It was another night of comebacks in a insane midweek in Europe, with Marseille and Red Bull Salzburg producing stirring performances to overturn first-leg deficits and go through.

"Maybe we were a bit surprised by the intensity of the game and were not at the races, in the first half especially", he told BT Sport.

Marseille also overcame a first-leg deficit to eliminate RB Leipzig with a 5-2 victory in their second leg.

"I am from France and Marseille are in there as well and that is always a hard place to go, maybe it is better that I don't wish for anybody".

The French fought back with three goals but then Leipzig scored again through Jean-Kevin Augustin.

"I would say above all the qualities, when you have back to the wall, Danny Welbeck looks like he has an extra special motivation in his body and head to give you something special", said Wenger.

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