Arsenal face CSKA in the Europa League Quarter Finals on Thursday.
Team News and Injury News:
Arsenal are without Santi Cazorla who is out long term, and Gunners will miss Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who is cup tied. David Ospina, who featured in Arsenal’s Premier League win in the weekend is expected to start again while a fit again Alexandre Lacazette may well lead the hosts line.
For Moscow, Viktor Vasin is likely out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury while midfielder Astemir Gordyushenko also plays no part with a meniscus concern. In addition, Mario Fernandes is doubtful with a hamstring issue and Kirill Nababkin is suspended.
Gunners do have Europa League as the sole rescuer that can take them to Champions League next season. While Arsene Wenger has been badly criticized for his league massacre this season, a Europa League win is utmost priority for the Gunners squad.
With their recent good run of form in all competitions, and a comprehensive win over Milan in both the legs, the days have started to become a bit more rosy for the Londoners and they will have to continue that on Thursday.
Ozil is set to start for Arsenal on Thursday
Meanwhile, Moscow are still in the race for their domestic title as they trail leaders Lokomotiv Moscow by five points in the Russian Premier League standings.
Boss Viktor Goncharenko, the Armenian coach’s men have also recorded four wins on the bounce in all competitions although one game was a club friendly against Ryazan. With that said, Goncharenko’s boys beat the French giants Lyon int he last round of the Europa League.
Probable Line Up:
Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Xhaka, Wilshere; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck; Lacazette
CSKA Moskva: Akinfeev; A. Berezutski, V. Berezutski, Ignashevich; Kuchaev, Dzagoev, Natkho, Golovin, Milanov; Musa, Wernbloom
Betting Odds: (via bet365)
The match will be telecast live on Sony TEN 2 and TEN 2 HD from 00.15 IST on Friday for Indian viewers.