Arsenal host CSKA Moscow on the Thursday night in the quarter-final of the UEFA Europa League. This is the Gunners’ last and only real hope of joining Europe’s elite next season on the grandest stage of them all, the Champions League.
However, with the first leg at the Emirates Stadium, the French coach will be keen to put the tie to bed early doors, rather than relying on the away trip to one of the most hostile countries in Europe.
It was only last season when CSKA Moscow last made the trip to London, only to lose 3-1 to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur.
The Russians will be keen to keep the tie as close as possible before the second leg in the capital.
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