Arsenal News: Gunners player urges team to focus ahead of visit to Russia

Europa League might be Arsenal's only chance to secure a Champions League spot next season.


Arsenal defender Caum Chambers has urged his teammates to remain focused ahead of their Europa League visit in Russia.

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The Gunners are in the Quarter Finals of the Europa League and face CSKA Moscow, as the Russians visit Emirates this week, Arsenal will have to travel to Russia to play the second leg of the tie.

And amid the political tensions between British and Russian governments, the Englishman says that the team must stick to the basics and remain focused on the job.

Russia last week expelled another 50 British diplomats as the fallout over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter continue. Extra stewards and police have also been employed by Arsenal to avoid any potential clashes in Thursday’s match at the Emirates.

But the Arsenal defender Calum Chambers said, “We are just trying to focus on the game. You can get too wound up with things going on around it.”

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“At the end of the day it is a football match and we want to go and win and get a good result, so I think everyone is fully focused on them — how we are going to play against them.

The former Southampton man also added that the players should just focus on the game and nothing else.

Arsenal have been guilty of a slow start in the first leg in the pasts as they have effectually lost many ties after the first leg. Chambers says that they will be eyeing to perform better this time around.

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Chambers in action for Arsenal against Milan

“Getting a good lead at the start from the first leg would be nice so we are going to try and do that. We will prepare for it and give it our best,” he added.

Gunners won against Milan in the last round with an aggregate victory of 5-1, but they will have to win at home in the first leg against the Russians, something they haven’t done since 2011.