The last time these two teams met was in the Champions league group stage and again there was tension between Russia and the UK as a former KGB agent who had defected was poisoned hours before that game, also Wenger has failed to win against them in his two meetings with the side as Arsenal manager, however unlike the previous two meetings, this is no group stage draw, and he can’t afford to be knocked out of the Europa League that represents his only possible redemption and route to the Champions league this season.
According to Arsenal prediction today, if Arsenal are to defeat the Russians who eliminated Lyon in the previous round over two legs, they will have to ensure these certain things are done.
1. GET THE JOB DONE AT THE EMIRATES: Yeah you read right, with all the tension surrounding this fixture, the Gunners might once again think they can stroll through this one at home as we’ve seen them do many times this campaign, but the manner with which CSKA defeated Lyon on their own ground to overturn the French side’s 1-0 victory in Russia should remain fresh in the Gunners mind as they host them at the Emirates, it’s worth noting that at some point they were 3-1 up in France away from their home, if the Gunners slip up there’s no telling we won’t see a repeat of the game against Osterseund at the Emirates.
As the first of the two legs will be played at the Emirates, the Gunners will do well to decide the tie effectively at the home as they can expect an away fixture with few or none of their fans when they go to Russia, following the UK warning to travelling fans in the light of the political tension.
2. KEEP AN EYE ON DZAGOEV AND GOLOVIN: The two players have previously been linked with moves to Arsenal to show how good they are, but even beyond that they are both key players who present varying attacking threats for the Russians, Golovin scored the opener in the win over Lyon with a beautiful curler and has been a regular source of attacking threat, his potent long range shots could be lethal against the Gunners much the same way Hakan Calhanoglu long ranger for AC Milan proved, should the Gunners limit the influence of these two players over the two legs, they stand a much greater chance of a positive result.
3. TAKE EVERY CHANCE: The Gunners have always been known for creating hosts of chances and wasting most of them, recently it has morphed to starting the game very brightly threatening the opponents then receding and getting dominated we saw that against Man City in the Carabao cup final, and more recently against AC Milan in the second leg, though the Gunners came out on top in the latter fixture they have to ensure that as they did in the first leg against AC Milan they take their early chances and get on the front foot before the period where their performance drops.
My Prediction: Arsenal might be arguably the most unpredictable team in Europe at the moment, one game they produce sheer brilliance and the next a completely disgusting performance, but I’m backing the Gunners via iPad betting app, to see off the challenge from Russia and get to the semifinal comfortably, the last one week has given hope for optimism once again.
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