Gunners Survive Cska Scare To Cruise Into Europa League Semis

Lacazette and Wilshere are likely to start tonight’s second leg

However, the tempo changed after 39 minutes, when Petr Cech could only parry a header from Kirill Nababkin into the path of the onrushing Fedor Chalov, who squeezed the ball home into the far corner.

But Danny Welbeck's effort 15 minutes from time staved off CSKA's hopes of a comeback before Aaron Ramsey scored a stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 6-3 aggregate win.

With Arsenal effectively out of the top-four race in the Premier League as they trail fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur by 13 points with just six games left in the campaign, the Europa League is their sole chance of ensuring participation in next season's UEFA Champions league. Click the right arrow above to seeSport News's Arsenal player ratings...

"Maybe we were surprised by the intensity at the start", Wenger said.

On reaching a European semi-final, Wenger continued: "It should be every year, never enough, could see in Europe a lot of turnovers, we need to be focused". Let us know in the comments...

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has reacted to his side's draw with CSKA Moscow in the quarter final of the Eurupa Leagie.


Salzburg lost 4-2 to Lazio in Rome last week but won 4-1 in the return in Austria, despite Ciro Immobile giving the Italians a second-half lead on the night.

Salzburg then scored three times in five insane minutes through Amadou Haidara, Hee Chan-hwang and Stefan Lainer to claim a remarkable 6-5 aggregate victory and become the first Austrian side into a European semi-final since 1996.

However, Atletico held on to progress on aggregate after their striker Antoine Griezmann missed a hatful of chances and will take their place in Friday's semi-final draw.

Stefan Ilsanker's own goal put Marseille level on the night and the French club were ahead inside 10 minutes when a lighting counter-attack ended with Bouna Sarr firing home.

Atletico Madrid advanced 2-1 on aggregate against Sporting Lisbon, despite losing 1-0 in the second leg.

- Arsenal have reached their first major European semi-final since 2008-09, when they did so in the Champions League.

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