Arsenal eyes Europa League semis after 4-1 win

by Leon Thompson April 6, 2018, 1:58
Arsenal eyes Europa League semis after 4-1 win

CSKA Moscow's Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa (R) is unsuccessful with this shot past Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny during the UEFA Europa League first leg quarter-final football match between Arsenal and CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 5, 2018.

Lacazette scored his second and Arsenal's fourth when Ozil's cut-back found him on the edge of the box and the France striker took one touch before firing his 12th goal of the season into the bottom corner.

Arsenal, who have won five successive games in all competitions, should have triumphed by a more handsome margin in what was a cracking match.

But, unlike Ramsey, Lacazette was withdrawn with 16 minutes to go, denying him the chance to complete a hat-trick.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed a great chance early in the second half, while Ramsey fired over the bar after keeper Igor Akinfeev had spilled the ball into his path.

The north Londoners are still 13 points off the top four with just seven league games remaining, but can qualify for next season's Champions League by winning the Europa League.

Arsenal endured four consecutive losses over February and March, including back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final and in the Premier League.

"There's some extra pressure on us to do extremely well in the Europa League but that's part of being where we are".

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The Germany playmaker's chip allowed Ramsey to score the pick of the night's goals, a pirouetting mid-air flick over a stranded Akinfeev that drew gasps from the crowd - closer to full than in recent games, though seemingly still a few thousand short of capacity -when replayed on the big screens.

There have been some spectacular goals in Europe this week.

Ozil was again the creator when Lacazette also grabbed a double by shooting into the far corner for his first goal from open play in almost three months.

Striker Alexandre Lacazette returned against Stoke City for his first appearance since February 10, scoring a goal in the 89th minute.

Ahmed Musa nearly put the Russian side ahead immediately after but scuffed his shot, and seven minutes Arsenal were back in front as Lacazette converted a penalty following Georgi Schennikov's foul on Mesut Ozil. We did the first part of the job but not the second part.

"He has no injury problem at all any more, and when he can play game after game you see that not only is he involved in the build-up - he goes to the end", said Wenger.

However, with only around 200 CSKA fans making the long journey west, there was little bad blood inside the ground for the quarter-final first leg.


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