Two late second half goals helped Arsenal to a 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow in Russia last night as they booked their place in this seasons Europa League Semi-finals.
Leading 4-1 from last weeks first leg, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recalled some of his bigger names such as Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere after resting them at the weekend. Although they without Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, due to illness but it was his replacement Mohamed Elneny that stole the show. Setting up both goals for the Gunners.
Even through Wenger had made an issue of mentioning in his pre-game interviews how he was aware of the comeback achievements sent only days earlier when Roma produced an excellent comeback to overturn their 4-1 first leg deficit to knock out European giants Barcelona, Arsenal started poorly allowing CSKA to take the game to the Gunners.
The homeside had all the chances of the first half but had to wait until shortly before the break before Fedor Chalov opened the scoring However, when Kirill Nababkin doubled the lead minutes into the second half making it 3-4 on aggerate. Arsenal looked in trouble and It got worse for the visitors has only a great save from Petr Cech stopped Aleksander Golovin’s free kick stooped the Russian side taking the lead on away goals, while Sergei Ignashevich should have done much better with his effort after sending it narrowly wide.
But with the gunners riding their luck it, they still pushed forward and some mis-communication in the CSKA defence allowed Danny Welbeck to give his side some breathing space when he struck against the run of play after latching on to a perfect pass from Elneny 15 minutes from time.
The away goal was what Arsenal needed as it knocked the impressive Russians off their game, meaning they now needed at least two goals to go through. With Moscow pushing forward, it was Elney again in injury time who insured there would be no shocks when he produced another inch perfect pass that sent Ramsey one on one with CSKA keeper Igor Akinfeev, before calmly slotting the ball into the net making it 2-2 on the night and sending the Premier League side through 6-3 on arrogate!