Arsenal qualify for Europa Semifinals after registering a draw with bullying CSKA Moscow

Arsenal qualify for their first European Semifinal in nine years after managing a two-all draw against Russian side, CSKA Moscow.

CSKA bullied the Gunners for 74 minutes with their two goal lead that were scored by

Fedor Chalov scores past Petr Cech

and Kirill Nababkin in first and second half.


A 75th minute Arsenal opener by Danny Welbeck cooled down Arsene Wenger’s worries before an injury time leveler by Aaron Ramsey restored fully their right to move to the semifinals on aggregate 3-6.

Welbeck celebrates the goal that brought calmness

Wenger was right to say Arsenal should learn from what happened to Barcelona in the champions league, similar experience was bound to besiege the North London club as fate apparently was on CSKA Moscow’s side.

It was at the 39th minute when Chalov reacted faster than Mustafi and put the ball into the net from a close range to give the hosts the lead.

Arsenal who looked impressive became a follower as the 49th minute saw Nababkin doubled CSKA’s lead and were left with a goal to complete the mission.

English man Welbeck rescued the situation 26 minutes later with smart finish following exchange of passes with Muhammad Elneny.

Elneny played in flu patient Granit Xhaka place. He assisted two and won Man of the match

Elneny whose goal was cancelled for offside also engaged in assisting Ramsey to score the goal that settled the dispute between the two at injury time.

After nearly a decade without reaching this far, Arsenal defender and Captain Laurent Koscielny had this to say;

“No pressure. It is important for the club to go far. Today we qualified so I am happy. It is our last chance to qualify for the Champions League, so we will fight until the end.”

Arsenal captain Koscielny seeks to win the ball

In spite of the results Arsenal needs to improve for them to go pas the semis in which they will face one of the three; Marseille who beat RB Leipzig 5-2 [Aggregate: 6-4], Atletico Madrid who qualified on aggregate 2-1 after losing by 1-0, Salzburg who beat Lazio 4-1 [Aggregate: 6-5].