Arsenal will play against CSKA Moscow in the second leg of the quarter final of Europa League on Thursday. Arsenal are ahead in this tie with a margin of 4-1 in the first leg. CSKA Moscow will play in the second leg in Russia with only one away goal. A 3-0 win against the mighty Gunners will put them into the semis of the Europa League in this season. Arsenal are one of the top contenders to win the Europa League in this season. The Gunners have to win the Europa League to play in the Champions League in the next season.
Arsenal are currently situated at the sixth position in the League Table of the Premier League. It is seeming to be almost impossible for the Gunners to finish in the top four positions in the Premier League from now on. So, the only hope of them is remaining in the Europa League. Another dreadful season of Arsenal can be saved with the Europa League win. The Gunners will have to win the encounter against CSKA Moscow to reach the semis of the Europa League.
The match between Arsenal and CSKA Moscow is going to be highly interesting for the fans of both the sides. There will be many key battles in the field in every position. David Ospina and Igor Akinfeev are the two Goalkeepers of the two sides. Both of them will have to play a very important role in the match. Aleksandr Golovin will be the player to watch out for the Russian side CSKA Moscow. His brilliant free kick goal in the first leg has kept CSKA Moscow in the tie. So the football fans can expect a highly interesting match coming in their way.
Team News :
CSKA Moscow :
Akinfeev will play in the Goal of CSKA Moscow against the Gunners in this match. Schennikov, A Berezutski, V Berezutski, Ignashevich and Kuchaev will play in the defense of the Russian side in this match. Nababkin, Dzagoev, Golovin, Wernbloom and Golovin will play in the midfield for them. Ahmed Musa will play as the lone forward upfront for the Russian side in this match.
Petr Cech will play as the Goalkeeper for the Gunners. Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny and Monreal will be there in the defense for them. The midfield of Arsenal will comprise of two defensive midfielders Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny. Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck will play as attacking midfielders in the team for the Gunners while Alexandre Lacazette will be there as the lone man upfront for them. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is injured; so he will be out of contention from the Starting XI of the Gunners against CSKA Moscow in this match. Ainsley Maitland Niles is also another doubt in this match for Arsenal due to injury problem.
Predicted Starting Eleven :
CSKA Moscow :
Goalkeeper : Akinfeev
Defenders : Schennikov, A Berezutski, V Berezutski, Ignashevich, Kuchaev.
Midfielders : Nababkin, Dzagoev, Golovin, Wernbloom, Golovin.
Attackers : Musa
Goalkeeper : Cech
Defenders : Koscielny, Mustafi, Chambers.
Midfielders : Bellerin, Wilshere, Ramsey, Kolasinac.
Attackers : Ozil, Welbeck ; Lacazette.
My Predicted Scoreline :
CSKA Moscow 3-1 Arsenal