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Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 'No easy teams left in Europa League'

05 Апреля 2018

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said he has a fully fit squad for their first leg Europa League quarter-final encounter against CSKA Moscow on Thursday.

Yet Wenger's own position is will be reviewed this summer amid what has been the worst Premier League season of his 22-year tenure and the recent sight of swathes of empty seats at the Emirates Stadium.

With all realistic hopes of a top-four Premier League finish ended, the Gunners need to lift the Europa League this season to seal a return to the Champions League.

It's no exaggeration to say Arsenal's season hinges on success in the Europa League.

But Wenger added: 'I don't think that (the crowd) will be a problem. Tomorrow morning I will decide. "If we have the same performance as we did in France against Lyon then we have a chance of making the semi-final". Personally I have always had hard games against Russian teams and CSKA are a strong side.

The France forward, who scored in the weekend win over Stoke City, is in contention to feature against CSKA, although Wenger was not prepared to reveal his starting XI.

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"Justifying his decision before Saturday's game, Arsène Wenger told Sky Sports (via the Daily Mail): "[Petr Čech] woke up on Saturday with a sore groin and he's not available.

With the only route into the Champions League in 2018/19 available if the London side win the Europa League, continuing to produce their best form against the Russian visitors will be key in the English capital.

Arsenal showed their intent in the last round as they sent AC Milan packing with an emphatic 5-1 aggregate win.

Midfielder Dusan Tadic has said that his team "should be ashamed" that they are so low in the table.

"Honestly, nobody knows really what's going on and it looks more to be diplomatic relations between England and Russian Federation at the moment are a bit complicated", Wenger said. "Ideally you don't want to concede but you don't stop playing if you concede".

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Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 'No easy teams left in Europa League'