Europa League: Arsenal vs CSKA: Wenger speaks on team selection

Europa League: Arsenal vs CSKA: Wenger speaks on team selection

Javier Howell
April 5, 2018

Despite the absence of the cup-tied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal still have plenty of firepower at their disposal. I have not decided if he will start or not yet, but he's available and ready to start, Wenger concluded.

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva believes that the club's players need to do more to take the pressure off manager Arsene Wenger.

The Emirates Stadium was well below its 60,000 capacity for the Gunners' last home match in the Premier League against Stoke over the weekend. Wenger will want the Emirates Stadium to be packed on Thursday, especially as CSKA's travelling contingent can be expected to make plenty of noise.

"I'm not anxious about that".

"I think when something is at stake the crowd is always behind us".

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The Gunners are the top-scoring side in the competition with 23 goals in their ten games. "If we have the same performance as we did in France against Lyon then we have a chance of making the semi-final".

Arsenal face CSKA Moscow tomorrow in the quarter final of the Europe's second competition. We have to go step by step and give absolutely everything to go through.

Arsenal are going into the game on a fine run of form, having achieved back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since November. Despite this, was also in training today ahead of the Europa League tie. Russian teams always have good technical level. CSKA's three-man back line will contain the Berezutsky twins, Vasili and Aleksei, aged 35, and they'll be joined by 38-year-old Sergei Ignashevich.

As the fallout of the Sergei Skripal spy-poisoning incident continues and a major diplomatic dispute between Russia and the United Kingdom rages, several countries have ordered the expulsion Russian diplomats. "Ideally you don't want to concede but you don't stop playing if you concede".

'Relations between England and Russian Federation at the moment are a bit complicated, I just hope it won't affect both ties, ' Wenger said.