Arsenal v CSKA Moscow – Arsene Wenger warns his team: Don’t stop playing if you concede away goal
PUBLISHED: 12:40 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:46 05 April 2018
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Arsenal are set to host CSKA Moscow at the Emirates on Thursday evening in the Europa League quarter final first leg. Read boss Arsene Wenger on his views on the tie, injury news, and much more.
With the Gunners playing their first European quarter final in eight years hopes are rising the club can mount a serious challenge for silverware in the continent’s second tier competition.
However they face a tough test against Viktor Goncharenko’s side that knocked out the highly-rated Lyon side in the last round.
And Wenger was playing down expectations as he previewed the two legged affair.
He said: “When you play at home in the first leg, you don’t know exactly what you have to achieve.
“Usually when you play the second game at home, you know exactly what kind of result you need and that’s not the case in the first.
“You’re a bit more in a situation where you know you have to do both things well - defend and attack well - without knowing exactly what will be needed to qualify.”
With Arsenal accounting for Ostersunds and AC Milan in two previous knock-out rounds – albeit with both ties being won after the first leg following excellent performances away from home – the onus is on Wenger’s side not to concede an away goal in the first leg in North London.
Wenger agreed saying: “The weight of an away goal is important in Europe.
“Ideally, you don’t want to concede but even if you do concede, you still want to win the game.
“You don’t stop playing if you concede a goal. Ideally, you want to combine both scoring goals and not conceding, but the situations are not always ideal.
“When you play away from home, you have the same advantage.”
The long-serving Frenchman confirmed he has a full strength side to choose from, apart from long-term absentee Santi Cazorla.