CSKA is very good team with very good experience — Mkhitaryan

Jack Wilshere captained Arsenal on Sunday as they beat Stoke 3-0 in the Premier League

Jack Wilshere captained Arsenal on Sunday as they beat Stoke 3-0 in the Premier League

While José Mourinho's proclivity to favour defense over attack has drawn criticism this season the Portugese manager has steered United to second place this season.

However, Mkhitaryan is keen to ensure that there is no complacency at the North London outfit by saying that there are "no easy teams" to play in the last eight of the tournament.

Southampton last won in the Premier League at West Bromwich on February 3 when Manuel Pellegrino was still in charge. "No, we're going to try to give our best and to win the last seven games and then to see where we can go in the Europa League". On Saturday, the Gunners required a late rally to defeat Stoke City 3-0 in the league, but the good news was that Alexandre Lacazette made a goalscoring return from his injury.

Arsenal are strong favourites to progress but Wenger and January signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored against them for Manchester United earlier this season, are wary of CSKA.

"I'm not anxious about the attendance", said Wenger. We do not live in dreamland.


In addition, some politicians have called on England to boycott the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, while Gunners fans planning to make the trip to Moscow for the second leg of the quarter final were warned about "anti-British sentiment" due to "heightened political tensions" by a statement on the club's website (via the Guardian).

"When I heard I could swap Man United for Arsenal, I said, "Yes, I want to do that", I didn't think twice", Mkhitaryan said in FourFourTwo magazine.

Wenger has repeatedly been the subject of calls for him to leave from the stands, but he is unconcerned by the prospect of the atmosphere affecting his team's performance in the first leg against CSKA before heading to Russian Federation. "It takes time to grieve and to recover".

Goalkeeper David Ospina replaced Petr Cech in goal against Stoke, as the 35-year-old had a groin problem, and he should keep his place having been primarily used in the Europa League.

When asked if the policy would continue Wenger smiled and said: "You will find out [against CSKA]".

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