Europa League

CSKA Moscow v Arsenal – Preview and possible lineups

We have a look ahead to Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg between CSKA Moscow and Arsenal from the VEB arena, with the Premier League facet holding a 4-1 lead from the first leg.


Arsenal: David Ospina’s ankle injury signifies that Petr Cech will line up in goal once more, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan will play no part after being ruled out till the end of the season with a knee injury. Santi Cazorla stays sidelined with his achilles problem, while utility man Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a doubt with a knock. Granit Xhaka is sidelined with a bout of flu.

CSKA Moscow: Right-back Mario Fernandes will not feature as a result of a thigh problemwhile center-back Viktor Vasin is out long-term after tearing his ACL.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger:

“Milan is an efficient example for us to have an analogous perspective.

Now we have to overcome not just defending what we now have built, however, have an analogous perspective to Milan and have an optimistic attitude early on.

“It’s essential we now have an optimistic start tomorrow.”

CSKA Moscow boss Viktor Goncharenko:

“Roma played an impressive match and made a miracle. We do not have lots of possibilities to repeat the identical miracle, however generally miracles occur in soccer. After all, Arsenal are extraordinarily motivated as a result of winning the Europa League is the best way into the Champions League, so that is their motivation.

“Arsenal have a philosophy and have caught it for a very long time, for a few years, no matter their record.

“If they’re losing or winning they still play to make supporters and fans happy. Once you act like this, trying to cheer up the supporters, you’ll be able to have some issues in the defense.

“Tomorrow’s strategy for Arsenal could possibly be accomplished by several methods, however, they are going to be focusing on their assault of course.

“If we play with out believing in your self and with out faith it’s better to not play at all. We have to go to the pitch believing in ourselves and that we are able to make it into the subsequent round.

We have to change some things, however, it’s not guaranteed that we are going to succeed or fail, so will implement some alterations then see the way it occurs.”

Do you know?

CSKA faced Arsenal twice in the Champions League in 2006/07, winning the first game 1-0 and claiming a goalless draw in the second.

The Russians have already lost to English opposition this season, being thumped 4-1 by Manchester United within the Champions League Group Stage.


Possible lineups:

CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev; V. Berezutski, S.Ignashevich, A. Berezutski; Kuchaev, Natkho, Golovin, Schenikov; Dzagoev, Musa; Wernbloom.

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Elneny, Wilshere, Ramsey; Ozil, Lacazette, Welbeck.

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