4 - 1

UEFA Europa League
5 April 2018
4 - 1
4 - 1
On aggregate
6 - 3
Emirates Stadium (London)


A. Ramsey (G) 9' (assist by: Bellerín)
1 - 0
1 - 1
15' A. Golovin (G)
A. Lacazette (PG) 23'
2 - 1
A. Ramsey (G) 28' (assist by: M. Özil)
3 - 1
A. Lacazette (G) 35' (assist by: M. Özil)
4 - 1


Minute   Description
An excellent attacking performance from Arsenal means they have one foot safely in the semi-finals of the Europa League. CSKA struggled to deal with their impressive movement inside the final third of the pitch and were made to pay for some poor defending, handing them a really tough task in next week's second leg.
90'+3 Arsenal comfortably hold onto the ball in the middle of the pitch as they try to run down the clock. With little under a minute left to play, that should be that for the Gunners.
90'+2 Arsenal move the ball around nicely deep inside the CSKA half of the pitch before Ozil is set up inside the box. He then cuts a pass across the face of goal, but it's sent too near to Akinfeev and is easily collected by the goalkeeper.
90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
89' Wernbloom receives the ball with his back to goal and quickly spins round Mustafi. He then manages to get a shot away, but, slightly off balance, he isn't able to force Cech into making a save.
87' CSKA lose the ball deep inside the home side's half of the pitch and Arsenal are able to quickly counter-attack. They can't make it count, though, as Xhaka's cross-field pass is poorly hit and easily cut out by a black shirt.
85' And now Ramsey goes close! The Welshman breaks into the left-hand side of the CSKA penalty area and quickly shoots, but his thumping half-volley is slightly scuffed and bounces wide of the far post. He just can't seem to wrap up his hat-trick...
84' Great save by Akinfeev! Bellerin breaks down the right wing before working the ball up to Ramsey. The midfielder sends a cross into the box and perfectly picks out Welbeck, who shoots from close range but is somehow denied by Akinfeev.
83' Khosonov has come on to replace Musa in CSKA's third and final alteration.
81' Arsenal clearly feel a 4-1 lead is good enough to take with them to Moscow. They're now concentrating on keeping hold of possession and they look to run down the clock against a CSKA side that have largely struggled to test Cech tonight.
79' A curling free kick is whipped into the Arsenal box and right onto the head of Vitinho, who meets it well but can only send the ball looping onto the roof of the net.
78' Bellerin pulls off a poor challenge over on the left flank, and it leaves the referee with no choice but to book the Spaniard.
Ramsey hits the post! Arsenal keep coming back at CSKA and Ramsey goes close to wrapping up his hat-trick, but his curling strike hits the woodwork after leaving Akinfeev rooted to the spot.
76' Iwobi weaves his way towards the visitors' box before setting up Welbeck, who has a chance to shoot but instead works the ball over to Ozil and tees up the German to keep hold of possession near the corner flag.
74' Akinfeev seems to be unhappy with the referee about something, and he receives a yellow card for dissent.
And the second is Elneny, with Wilshere making way.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have decided to make a double substitution. The first player to come on is Welbeck, who replaces Lacazette up front.
CSKA have made their second change of the night, with Natcho making way for Milanov.
73' Ozil goes close! A lovely cross-field pass from Wilshere sails into the CSKA penalty area and towards Iwobi. The youngster meets it well and works the ball over to Ozil, who quickly shoots and forces Akinfeev into making a decent diving save.
72' Poor play by Arsenal gifts possession to CSKA, who quickly burst forward. A looping cross is fired into the box and towards Wernbloom, who rises high and sends a headed effort straight into the hands of Cech.
70' Monreal makes a clever run towards the far post and latches onto another great pass from Ozil, but he can't quite make decent contact with the ball and sends it behind for a goal kick.
68' Excellent chance for Lacazette to make it 5-1! A wonderful pass from Ozil penetrates the box and picks out Iwobi. The youngster has a chance to shoot but instead sends a pass over to Lacazette, who shoots from the far post but can't hit the target from a very tight angle.
66' Musa embarks on a quick run through the middle of the pitch and into the Arsenal penalty area. He then pokes a pass towards Vitinho, but it's poorly hit and rolls into the hands of Cech.
65' That will be Dzagoev's final contribution, as he's been replaced by Vitinho in an attacking alteration by the visitors.
64' Dzagoev scores, but it won't count! Once again, CSKA caused problems for the home side inside their own box. A low strike by Wernbloom is saved by Cech and pushed over to Dzagoev, who nods the ball into the back of the net from close range just as the linesman's flag is rightly raised.
62' Wernbloom picks up the ball with his back to goal and immediately works it over to Shchennikov. The wing-back immediately shoots, but there's far too much power behind his strike and it sails high over the crossbar.
61' Mkhitaryan hasn't been able to recover from his knock, so he's been replaced by Iwobi.
60' CSKA move the ball around quickly just outside of the Arsenal penalty area before Kuchaev tries to shoot, but he can't quite able to do so and narrowly loses out to a vital interception.
58' And now Shchennikov has been booked for a clumsy challenge on Mkhitaryan, which has left the Armenian in a bit of discomfort and in need of medical treatment.
57' A poor pass from Xhaka can only find Golovin, who is immediately clattered into by a late sliding challenge from the Arsenal midfielder that results in the referee brandishing a yellow card.
56' Another excellent chance for Ramsey! A thumping strike from Mkhitaryan is well saved by Akinfeev, who can only parry the ball towards Wilshere. The midfielder can't quite latch onto it but Ramsey is there to shoot instead, and he sends a bullet of a strike just over the crossbar from 10 yards out.
54' Ramsey wins the ball back for the home side and quickly sets up a counter-attack with a lofted pass down the left wing. It manages to pick out Ozil, but the German is immediately closed down and has to settle for a throw in.
52' Ramsey nearly wraps up his hat-trick! Mkhitaryan and Monreal link up really well deep down the left flank before the latter cuts a pass back to Ramsey. The midfielder quickly shoots, but Ignashevich is there to deflect the ball just wide of the far post with a vital touch.
51' A CSKA corner is easily dealt with by Arsenal, who then quickly counter-attack through Lacazette. The Frenchman is almost immediately fouled by Musa, though, and the on-loan forward picks up the game's second yellow card.
49' Bellerin makes a marauding run down the right wing and wins the home side a corner. It's swung towards the near post and picks out Mustafi, who does well to meet the ball but can only knock it well wide of the goal.
47' Mkhitaryan goes close! Yet another sublime pass from Ozil sails over the CSKA back line and straight to Mkhitaryan, who controls the ball and shoots but sends his poked effort just wide of the far post.
46' We're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
Well, that was a lot of fun, wasn't it? Neither side have been particularly solid defensively, and it's resulted in us being treated to an incredibly entertaining game. Arsenal have dazzled going forward, though, and they deservedly lead thanks to four wonderfully worked goals. How many more will they be able to score after the break?
45' The visitors try to push forward on one final attack after picking up the ball inside their own half of the pitch, but a lofted pass towards the Arsenal box fails to find Musa and bounces into the hands of Cech.
44' Ozil almost makes it 5-1! Xhaka picks up the ball 30 yards away from goal and quickly curls a delightful cross over to the far post. It perfectly picks out Ozil, who shoots first time but sends his strike just over the crossbar.
42' A lovely pass finds Musa, who sprints through the Arsenal back line and heads into the box. He has Shchennikov to his left but instead tries to shoot, and his scuffed effort rolls straight into the hands of Cech.
41' Another decent piece of play by the visitors results in a good opportunity for Dzagoev, this time from the edge of the penalty area, but once again his shot is poor and fails to trouble Cech.
39' What a chance for Dzagoev! Musa darts down the left flank on a great run before cutting a pass back to Dzagoev. The midfielder is in a great position in front of goal, but he ends up skying his first-time shot high over the crossbar.
37' CSKA lose the ball deep down the right wing and allow Arsenal to counter-attack, but the home side can't make the opportunity count as Wilshere is dispossessed by Golovin before he can work the ball over to a team-mate.
35' Once again it was Ozil who set up another brilliantly worked goal with a clever pass into the penalty area. He really has been excellent so far.
GOAL! It's yet another for Arsenal! Ozil heads towards the byline and pulls a great pass back to Lacazette, who cushions the ball onto his left foot and fires an excellent strike into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
33' Free header for Ramsey! Another excellent cross from Ozil penetrates the visitors' penalty area and picks out Ramsey, who has nobody at all around him but can only send a tame headed effort into the hands of Akinfeev.
31' Mustafi dives towards the ball and is caught by a high foot from Wernbloom, resulting in a free kick for Arsenal. Dzagoev isn't at all happy with the decision, and he's shown the first yellow card of the game for dissent.
30' Big chance for CSKA! An attempted Arsenal attack fails to come to anything, allowing the home side to quickly counter-attack. Musa does well down the left channel before working the ball over to Vasili Berezutski, who shoots from the edge of the penalty area but sends his thumping effort well wide of the goal.
28' Ozil's pass was almost as good as Ramsey's finish. The German showcased great vision to pick out his team-mate with a beautiful ball.
GOAL! Absolutely stunning from Ramsey! Ozil chips a delightful pass into the heart of the CSKA box, where Ramsey immediately beats Akinfeev with a deft flick with the outside of his boot. Simply sublime!
27' The visitors come back once again as Musa, who has looked bright so far, charges into the penalty area. He manages to get a shot away, but it's slightly overhit and fails to trouble Cech at the near post.
25' CSKA pile bodies forward from the restart and win themselves a corner over on the left wing. It's sent towards the edge of the box by Natcho but quickly finds a red and white shirt, but, luckily for the visitors, they're able to snuff out the danger before it turns into a chance on goal.
23' GOAL! Lacazette steps up and comfortably finds the back of the net with a well-placed low strike that sends Akinfeev diving the wrong way.
22' PENALTY! Ozil latches onto the ball just outside of the visitors' penalty area and quickly breaks forward. He heads towards the near post, where Shchennikov sticks out a foot and sends him crashing to the ground, leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.
21' Lacazette is brought into play once again as he bursts into the box. It looks as if he's managed to get the better of Aleksei Berezutski, but a deft touch from Bellerin found the Frenchman in an offside position and results in the linesman's flag being raised.
19' Lacazette drifts out to the right wing and quickly crosses, but he can't guide his pass into the penalty area and has to settle for a corner. Ozil's cross into the box is slightly underhit, though, and it's comfortably cleared at the near post.
17' What a chance for Musa to make it 2-1! The Nigerian latches onto the ball inside the Arsenal box and quickly gets the better of two defenders. He then only has Cech to beat, but his low strike is poorly hit and flies into the side-netting.
15' GOAL! What a strike by Golovin! A poorly timed push from Koscielny presents CSKA with another free kick, this time just 25 yards away from goal. Golovin steps up and curls an absolutely beautiful shot straight into the top right-hand corner of the net, where it flies past the outstretched limbs of Cech.
13' Ramsey accidentally handles the ball deep inside the Arsenal half of the pitch, resulting in a free kick for CSKA in a decent position. The visitors can't quite make it count, however, as Aleksei Berezutski's header from the far post is headed well wide.
11' Arsenal quickly win the ball back from the restart and try to break forward on a swift counter-attack, but Wilshere can't quite make his way into the penalty area and is beaten to the ball by Ignashevich.
9' Ozil played an important role in the move once again, but this time it was Bellerin who put the ball on a plate for Ramsey with an excellent low cross.
GOAL! Ramsey scores, and this time it will count! Another wonderful piece of play from the home side ends with Ramsey inside the box, and he easily fires a first-time strike straight past Akinfeev at the near post.
7' Ramsey scores, but it won't count! A lovely attacking move from Arsenal looks as if it's resulted in the first goal of the game, but Ozil is flagged offside just as he pokes the ball over to Ramsey, whose celebrations are immediately brought to an end after he gets the better of Akinfeev.
5' Huge let off for Arsenal! A defensive mix up sees Musa burst through the hosts' back line and towards the penalty area, but he's flagged off just as he's about to penetrate the box. It looked as if the forward was being played onside by Bellerin...
3' Great chance for Mkhitaryan! Monreal and Ozil link up nicely deep down the left flank as Arsenal enjoy a decent start to the game. The German then pulls a pass back to Mkhitaryan and sets him up to shoot, but his thumping effort flies just a yard or so wide of the near post.
1' We're off! Arsenal get us underway, attacking from left to right.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, CSKA boss Viktor Goncharenko has made just one alteration to the team that featured in their last outing, with Kirill Nababkin making way for Kuchaev.
Arsene Wenger has decided to make five changes to the Arsenal side that started the victory against Stoke City on the weekend, with Cech, Koscielny, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan and Lacazette coming into the starting line-up to replace David Ospina, Chambers, Elneny, Welbeck and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the latter of whom is cup tied.
CSKA Moscow substitutes: Ilya Pomazun, Kristijan Bistrovic, Khetag Khosonov, Georgi Milanov, Fedor Chalov, Timur Zhamaletdinov, Vitinho.
CSKA Moscow XI (3-1-4-2): Igor Akinfeev; Sergei Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutski, Aleksei Berezutski; Bibras Natcho; Konstantin Kuchaev, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Golovin, Georgi Shchennikov; Ahmed Musa, Pontus Wernbloom.
Arsenal substitutes: Matt Macey, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck.
Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka; Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Alexandre Lacazette.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…
These sides have only met on two previous occasions, with CSKA narrowly coming away as 1-0 winners on aggregate when they took on one another in the Champions League in 2006. Wenger is able to call on Alexandre Lacazette for the first time in Europe this season, and he’ll be hoping that his inclusion will help guide his side to a much-needed win.
CSKA represent a stern test for the Gunners, though, as they did well to bounce back from a 1-0 first-leg defeat against Lyon with a 3-2 win in France. That loss is the only one the Russian side have suffered in their previous eight competitive clashes, and like Arsenal they head into tonight’s game with four consecutive victories under their belts.
Away trips to Russia often prove to be tricky affairs, so Arsenal will be aiming to give themselves as much of an advantage as possible with a positive performance this evening. They certainly impressed against AC Milan in the last round and find themselves in good form at the moment, with each of their previous four outings ending in victories.
With 13 points separating themselves and fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League rest solely on winning this competition. Understandably, the Gunners have shifted their focus to European matters after easily making it through the group stage, and another strong line-up has been picked by Arsene Wenger for tonight’s big clash.
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of today’s Europa League quarter-final first leg between Arsenal and CSKA Moscow at the Emirates.


P. Wernbloom
S. Ignashevich
A. Berezutski
L. Koscielny
A. Musa
A. Ramsey
A. Lacazette
J. Wilshere
A. Dzagoev
M. Özil
A. Golovin
Nacho Monreal
S. Mustafi
V. Berezutski
G. Xhaka
P. Čech
I. Akinfeev
G. Shchennikov
B. Natcho
H. Mkhitaryan
K. Kuchaev

Additional info

P. Kralovec
R. Slysko
Fourth official
J. Paták

Match Stats

Arsenal CSKA Moskva
53 Attacks (Dangerous) 48
3 Corners 4
10 Fouls 12
18 Free Kicks 18
10 Goal Kicks 7
7 Offsides 5
2 Shots (blocked) 0
5 Shots (off target) 8
6 Shots (on target) 4
1 Shots (woodwork) 0
17 Throw Ins 19

Premier League table

# Team MP D P

Premier League table

# Team MP D P

Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium