Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Wenger delighted with thumping Arsenal win over CSKA: It could've been more

Wenger delighted with thumping Arsenal win over CSKA: It could've been more

Although Ramsey's early opener was quickly cancelled out by a delightful Aleksandr Golovin free-kick, Arsenal rarely looked in danger of failing to win, as the brilliant Mesut Ozil soon turned on the style to win a penalty that Lacazette fired home.

The Gunners scored four first-half goals, Aaron Ramsey's side-foot finish setting them on their way.

Almost 12 years later, the Gunners will be looking to avenge that result in this evening's Europa League quarter-final clash.

Ramsey went agonisingly close to getting his coveted third goal 12 minutes from time when he saw a first-time 18-yard strike come back off the right-hand post, but it is unlikely Arsenal will be made to rue that miss as they head to Russian Federation with a commanding lead.

As for Arsenal, Petr Cech is making his first European start of the season with David Ospina out injured, while striker Alexandre Lacazette makes his first start since January.

Chances continued to fall Arsenal's way after the interval, though they were nowhere near as clinical and CSKA appeared to take encouragement from that, seeing an Alan Dzagoev header disallowed for offside.

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Mkhitaryan should have made it five at the start of the second half when Ozil found him in space on the left, but the Armenian midfielder dragged a left-footed shot wide of the right post, while Ramsey was denied by the heel of Sergei Ignashevich after meeting Nacho Monreal's cut-back in the 52nd minute.

Wenger confirmed after the game that keeper David Ospina, who suffered an ankle injury on the eve of the game, will be out for between two and three weeks while Mkhitaryan, who was substituted, will miss Sunday's game against Southampton with a damaged knee.

Mkhitaryan should have added a fifth shortly after the restart but fluffed his lines after another wonderful pass from Ozil.

However, the Welshman did open the scoring by rounding off a fine team move on nine minutes by firing Hector Bellerin's cross into the roof of the net. We did the first part of the job but not the second part.

The result means that Arsenal have won five matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since a run of six victories ending in May 2017.

Languishing in sixth in the Premier League, 13 points adrift of the top four, Arsenal's last realistic hope of qualifying for next season's Champions League is by winning the Europa League in Lyon on May 16. The Europa League is very much on.

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