Arsenal VS CSKA Moscow: Match Review

The Gunners went into  this game with a 4-1 lead which meant that CSKA needed at least three goals to go through.

The game started off quite slow for both teams, with most of the possession going to Arsenal. The first chance didn’t come until the 27th minute when Welbeck put Lacazette in on net and the CSKA defender made a brilliant block. Arsenal continued to dominate possession but were unable to do any damage to the Russian teams defence. CSKA took the lead in the 39th minute from an easy tap in for Chalov. The chance came from a fantastic reaction save from Cech, who was unable to stop the second attempt. The goal seemed to put new life into Moscow as they continued to press the gunners who were relieved to hear the half time whistle. Wilshire went down injured just before half time after being caught in possesion. Luckily he managed to get back up and walk down the tunnel.Dam4B6dW0AAyJxfj

After the break, the game seemed to follow the same script as the first half and Moscow continued to mount the pressure onto the struggling Arsenal defence. Another parried shot from Cech leads to Moscows second goal and now they only needed one goal to go through. After this second goal, Arsenal had a decent spell with the ball and managed to score a nice headed goal that was finished by Elneny, only to be correctly called offside.elneny-arsenal

In the 68th minute, Wilshire was taken off and Chambers was brought on. This substitution gives the idea that we would be parking the bus and holding out, but that could never be more wrong. After a nice bit of passing and a lovel through ball, Danny Welbeck gets in behind and finesses the ball past Akinfeev to make it 2-1. It was a nice finish from Welbeck and a very important one at that. CSKA knew the game was as good as lost but they continued to throw players forward. The desperate attacking from Moscow left spaces open in their defence and that led to a 90th minute counter attack that was finished off by a lovely chip over the keep by Ramsey to make the final score 2-2.



Arsenal go through to their first European semi final in 7 years and have a good chance of winning the competition. I think it would be best if we could avoid Madrid until the final as beating them over two legs may be to much to ask for from this Arsenal team, especially with how sloppy our defence can be.



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