The Europa League heads to the quarterfinals today, with all four first legs being played simultaneously. Of the most interest to us, obviously, is the visit to London of CSKA Moscow; Arsenal have never beaten them, and will look to change those fortunes over the next two weeks. “Never beaten” is probably a generous term for one draw and one loss, but there we are.
Anyway, things get intriguing now, with Arsenal seemingly needing to go all in on this competition as a way back to the platinum-lined walled garden of the Champions League; in service of that, Arsene Wenger is playing a bit coy as to who will start in goal today. Yesterday he had this to say when talking about Petr Cech and the slight injury problem that kept him out of the Stoke match:
Pressed on whether Cech’s return to fitness might see him start, he said, “You will see that tomorrow.”
Interesting that he didn’t just assert Ospina as the “cup keeper” as he usually does.
Anyway, off we go...home win by three goals would be nice, right?
WHAT: Arsenal vs. CSKA Moscow, UEFA Europa League quarterfinal first let
WHERE: Emirates Stadium, London
WHEN: Thursday, April 5th, 2018 12:05 PM PT | 3:05 PM ET | 8:05 PM BT
US TV: FS1. Streaming on FS:GO and ESPN3.
Here’s how we line up for tonight’s @EuropaLeague quarter-final first leg against @PFCCSKA_en #AFCvCSKA pic.twitter.com/h7Zh5I6YQ0— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 5, 2018
#CSKA XI for the @EuropaLeague clash against @Arsenal #AFCvCSKA pic.twitter.com/JeXUT4tWTG— PFC CSKA Moscow (@PFCCSKA_en) April 5, 2018
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