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
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.
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 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.”
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].