Arsenal vs. CSKA Moscow: Team News, Live Stream, TV Info for Europa League
Arsenal welcome CSKA Moscow to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday for the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final.
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Both teams go into the game on the back of domestic victories on Sunday, as Arsenal overcame Stoke City 3-0 while CSKA secured a 2-1 win at FC Rostov.
Here’s a look at how you can watch the game, followed by team news and a closer look at the match.
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Date: Thursday, April 5
Time: 8:05 p.m. BST/3:05 p.m. ET
TV Info: BT Sport 2 (UK), ESPN 3, Fox Sports 1 (U.S.)
Live Stream: BT Sport Player, WatchESPN, Fox Sports Go
Arsenal have problems in attack with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible, Danny Welbeck having picked up a back problem against Stoke City and Arsene Wenger unsure if Alexandre Lacazette is ready to start after a lengthy lay-off, per James Benge at the Evening Standard.
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Goalkeeper David Ospina replaced Petr Cech in goal against Stoke, as the 35-year-old had a groin problem, and he should keep his place having been primarily used in the Europa League.
CSKA Moscow will be without defender Kirill Nababkin who is suspended for the clash. Viktor Vasin, Astemir Gordyushenko and Mario Fernandes will also miss out due to injury, per Transfermarkt.
Europa League or bust for Arsenal
It’s no exaggeration to say Arsenal’s season hinges on success in the Europa League. The club were beaten in the final of the League Cup, are already out of the FA Cup and are a distant 13 points off fourth place in the Premier League.
The Europa League represents their only chance of silverware and their only realistic hope of securing UEFA Champions League football for next season.
Arsenal showed their intent in the last round as they sent AC Milan packing with an emphatic 5-1 aggregate win. That victory earned manager Arsene Wenger a respite after a run of four straight defeats in all competitions.
The Gunners are now on a run of four straight wins but face a CSKA side who have a strong away record in Europe. Viktor Goncharenko’s side have won five of seven on their travels this season and six of their last nine Europa League away games, per Uefa.com.
CSKA eyeing a return to Lyon
Goals from Aleksandr Golovin, Ahmed Musa and Pontus Wernbloom did the damage for Moscow as they booked their place in the quarter-finals.
Wernbloon goes into the game in good form as also he scored in Sunday’s win against Rostov. European football writer Michael Yokhin is a big fan of the Swedish midfielder:
CSKA’s top scorer is Vitinho, and he will also look to cause problems. The Brazilian has already scored in England this season, he was on target in the 2-1 Champions League defeat at Manchester United in December.
The Russian team are on a strong run of form ahead of the game and will head to London with confidence. A good result will set them up nicely for the second leg with Arsenal having to make the long trip to Moscow.