Danny Welbeck & Aaron Ramsey lead Arsenal charge into Europa semi-finals

CSKA Moscow 2 Arsenal 2

Chalov 39 Nababkin 50 Welbeck 75 Ramsey 90+2

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Welbeck has always been a gutsy player.

Plenty of drive, physicality and commitment

HE SAVED ARSENAL LAST NIGHT.

Danny Welbeck turned and beat Nababkin on the left flank, played a one-two with Elneny, and slotted a sweet finish inside the far post. An excellent goal,one of the most stylish of his career, and almost all his own work.

When Ivan Gazidis signed Welbz from Man United, Wenger said, “I would have taken him on loan. I wouldn’t have bought him.”

A snob said that. A snobbish dictator said that.

Danny Welbeck’s goal forced the Russians to push forward, leaving keeper Akinfeev all on his own at the back. So when Elneny got the ball in centrefield, Ramsey saw his chance, zoomed forward onto the Egyptian’s pass, closed in on Akinfeev and finished this quarter-final in style.

Marseilles battered RB Leipzig 5-2 last night.

Red Bull Salzburg surprised us by beating Lazio 4-1.

Sporting Lisbon scored first against Atletico Madrid but lost 2-1 on aggregate.

With Diego Costa back at centre forward, Atletico Madrid are by far the strongest team in the Europa League.

Atletico will pulverise any of the remaining sidesĀ over two legs. Or in the final.

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CSKA: Akinfeev; Ignashevich, A. Berezutski, V. Berezutski; Nababkin, Golovin, Bistrovic, Dzagoev, Kuchaev; Chalov, Musa

Subs: Pomazun, Milanov, Vitinho, Schennikov, Natcho, Zhamaletdinov, Khosonov

Arsenal: Cech; Bllerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Elneny, Wilshere; Welbeck, Ozil; Lacazette

Subs: Macey, Mertesacker, Holding, Iwobi, Chambers, Kolasinac Nketiah

Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)