Earlier this week we saw Arsenal beat Moscow’s CSKA in their first meet up at Europa League’s quarter-finals. After this week’s spectacular performance, the London-based club has proved that they are ready to challenge the title this year.
Even though the Gunners were clear favourites on the betting sites in the UK, nobody expected them to beat CSKA this easily. Arsene Wenger’s team scored four swift goals in the first half of the game, while the Moscow club managed to put only one in the net.
The game kicked off quickly with Arsenal’s Ramsey scoring the first goal nine minutes into the game. However, six minutes later Golovin from CSKA responded with an equaliser. Fortunately for Londoners, this score didn’t last for too long. At the 23-minute mark, Gunner’s forward Lacazette put Arsenal back into the lead after scoring from a penalty kick. Soon after, Ramsey scored his second goal further cementing the lead. The fourth and final goal came 35 minutes into the game after Ozil assisted Lacazette for his second goal of the match.
After a hectic first half, fans were expecting an equally entertaining second leg of the game. However, Arsenal played it smart and kept their massive lead. After all, the Europa League knockout phase is played out over two games.
Arsenal's coach Arsene Wenger shared his impressions of the game in his post-match interview. He said, “We have done half of a job. There was a good pace in the first half, the two teams gave everything, which is why it was such a spectacular first half.” He also added, “We have to be realistic. We have to do the job over there, go and try to win the game, that's the best way.”
Arsenal will face CSKA next Thursday in Moscow. Even though CSKA’s chances for a comeback are slim, the Gunners still need to be careful. But knowing that Arsene is at the helm, we are sure that Arsenal will advance to the semi-finals.