Arsenal dispatched Russian giants CSKA Moscow 4-1 at one as they continued their decent run of form in recent weeks. Following a 3-0 victory over Stoke City, the Gunners came into the match full of confidence.
This was evident as they dealt a blow to the Russian (CSKA Moscow) Europa League ambitions with a 4-1 home win.
The Russian gave themselves a life line in the match with a decent free-kick by arsenal target Golovin which sailed over the Arsenal wall and into the net as Petr Cech was well beaten in goal. That’s how it ended as the Gunners sealed a convincing 4-1 win at home.
On this note, we evaluate the three possible lessons from the match as Arsenal prevailed on the (UEFA) Europa night.
Impressive Alexander Lacazette
The French striker was in superb form against the visiting side as he bagged a brace on the night.
Fresh from his impressive appearance against Stoke City on Sunday, he scored from the Penalty spot before firing past the Russian goalkeeper within the course of the contest.
Lacazette was given a confidence boost when he scored against Stoke City early in the week thanks to a Penalty which was presented to the French forward by fellow striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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Alexandre Lacazette puts Arsenal ahead from the spot.
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That confidence might have paid off as he coolly dispatched this one against CSKA Moscow before capping a brilliant performance on the night with his second goal (a brace) of high quality.
This he did to the delight of the Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger as the French man was relieved of some level of pressure from his compatriot after finishing superbly in the wake of the 4-1 home win against CSKA.
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Massive Advantage for Arsenal
Arsenal took a massive aggregate lead into the second leg as CSKA Moscow was beaten hands down ahead of the return fixture in the Russian capital.
Goals from Aaron Ramsey and striker Alexandre Lacazette paved the way for Arsenal win despite a goal from the Russians at the Emirate Stadium.
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Arsenal 4-1 win gives them the leverage going into the reverse fixture as CSKA Moscow will need three unreplied goals (3-0 score line) to go through to the next stage of the competition.
Arsenal undeniable quality with the likes Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and talented right back Hector Bellerin makes it look unlikely for CSKA Moscow to overturn the deficit at home (Russian Capital) when Arsenal visits next week.
Breath of Fresh Air
The home side will be pleased with their effort in the match as they recorded a convincing win against Russian giants CSKA Moscow.
This the Arsenal side achieved with a dominant display at home, much to the delight of the Arsenal (faithful) fans in the crowd and manager Arsene Wenger.
This will have given the dressing room a morale boost as Arsene Wenger echoed about the importance of this win as regards to the team confidence during the post-match interview.
Some level of confidence has been imparted on the players and with CSKA Moscow needing 3-0 three goals to make a comeback to this tie, Arsenal might as well believe as they breathe a sigh of relief (with) after a convincing 4-1 win at home.