Arsenal progressed to the europa league semi-finals with a less than convincing draw in moscow. After being two goals down the gunners managed to pull it back with good goals from Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey. Many arsenal fans were wondering how the reds were going to approach the game, as we went into the game holding a four-one lead from the first leg at the emirates. Some fans thought the best way to approach the game was to attack Moscow and try to kill the game off by getting an away goal, other fans believe that the side should have consumed the pressure of the home side and break on the counter attack. Arsenal started the game not playing defensively or playing offensively either, so that caused many holes in the midfield and defence. Both sides played a very slow brand of football to begin with neither side seemed to have enough confidence to draw first blood.
CSKA Moscow opened the scoring and with a poachers finish from Fyodor Chalov. A terrific cross from Konstantin Kuchayev in towards Kirill Nababkin who powerfully headed towards goal to see his header saved fantastically by Petr Cech who could only parry the ball into Fyodor Chalov’s path who fired home to take the side from moscow into the lead and give them a glimpse of a chance to get them back into the tie.
Cska went in to the break leading 1-0 on the night however, losing 4-2 on aggregate and still a long way back..
Both sides came out after the interval and the Moscow pressure remused attacking the arsenal goal and putting pressure on petr cech and the shakey arsenal back four.
In the fiftieth minute Alexandr golovkin picked up the ball thirty-five yards from goal and had a decent shot towards goal but one chec would have wanted to save, so he must have been gutted as he saw the Golovin shot bounce off his palms and into the path of Kirill Nababkin who consequently slotted the ball into the net via Petr Cech’s legs. As the ball went in a sense of hope flew through the stadium and Moscow were back in the tie with just a one goal deposit.
Arsenal managed to regain the control and the pace of the game and created a number of opportunities resulting in the best period of the game from the londoners. With fifteen minutes to go danny welbeck played a great one-two with Mohamed Elneny and found himself through on goal and confidently slotted the ball past Igor Akinfeev to inevitably put the tie to bed and send the gunners through to the semi’s.
The game seemed to die out when elneny played a terrific ball through to Aaron ramsey who sublimely chipped the goalkeeper and equalised on the night.
Arsenal progressed to the semi-finals after (in the end) comfortably turning CSKA Moscow over.
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