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Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow 2017-18 (Leg 1): Match Report

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Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow 2017-18 (Leg 1): Match Report


Arsenal will fly to CSKA Moscow comfortably. Brilliant performance from Wenger’s side as they outclassed the visiting Russian’s.

Petr Cech replace David Ospina in goal as Arsenal prioritise Europa League ahead of Premier League.

HOW THEY LINED-UP FOR THE OCCASION?

Arsenal

  • 33 Cech
  • 24 Bellerin 
  • 20 Mustafi
  • 6 Koscielny
  • 18 Monreal
  • 77 Mkhitaryan
  • 8 Ramsey
  • 29 Xhaka 
  • 10 Wilshere
  • 11 Ozil
  • 9 Lacazette

CSKA Moscow

  • 35 Akinfeev 
  • 6 Berezutski
  • 4 Ignashevich
  • 24 Berezutski
  • 89 Kuchaev
  • 17 Golovin
  • 66 Natcho
  • 10 Dzagoev 
  • 42 Schennikov 
  • 7 Musa 
  • 3 Wernbloom

WHAT HAPPENED?

Aaron Ramsey and the French superstar who marked his return against Stoke last week both scored twice inside the opening 35 minutes stunned Goncharenko’s men. Ramsey’s opening goal was put on hold six minutes later by Golovin’s beautiful free kick.

But once Lacazette restored Arsenal’s lead it has been comfortable for his side scoring two more goals in another 12 minutes.

Gem of performance from Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal in the first-half give the Gunners a comfortable cushion going to Moscow. Arsene Wenger side may have had atleast couple of more goals. Aron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette missed multiple chances for their hat-trick.

Brilliance from Mesut Ozil and his excellent ability. Job almost done for Arsenal they have one leg in the Semi-Finals of Europa League 2017-18.

Who said what

Alexandre Lacazette on BT Sport: “It was good, a good game. I’m happy I’ve come back. I wanted (to stay on) but not the day for the third goal. It’s fine, I’m happy. Job done for today but we have an important game on Sunday and after we can think about the next game.”

Aaron Ramsey tells BT Sport: “We knew the home match was going to be important so we had to score goals. We know it’s going to be a difficult game over there, but we’ve put ourselves in a good position. I like to make them late runs into the box, I have plenty of opportunities. I’m happy I contributed to the team today but on another day I might have got a third, but it wasn’t to be.

On his superb second goal: “I’ve seen him (Akinfeev) coming out, I knew if I manage to get it over him it would have had a chance of going in.”

On going to Russia: “We’re going over there for a game of football so we’re looking forward to that.”


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