Arsene Wenger demands positive approach
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will not sit back and try to protect their lead when they face CSKA Moscow in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Gunners won last week’s first leg of the quarter-final encounter 4-1 but Wenger is keen to ensure that complacency does not creep into his players in Russia.
Earlier this week Roma overcame a three-goal deficit to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League while Juventus almost repeated the trick against Real Madrid.
“The best way to build on the advantage is to try to win the game, so we will play with our best possible team and have a positive attitude,” Wenger said. “We are in a position where I don’t think we are under the threat of complacency…
“Tuesday night (in Rome) may be a good warning for us but let us not go overboard as well. Yes, we have a big job to do but we are in a strong position and it is how we approach the game that will be vital.”
Arsenal will be without midfielder Granit Xhaka for the Europa League quarter-final second leg at CSKA Moscow. The Switzerland international is out because of illness while striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is once again ineligible.
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Arsenal have not reached the semi-final of a European competition since 2008/09 and they can be backed at 5/2 to win the Europa League this season.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are 12/1 to beat CSKA Moscow 2-0 on Thursday and 6/1 to draw the match 1-1.
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