Arsenal’s significant defensive change vs CSKA Moscow

Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow

The Europa League swings back to life on Thursday night with the quarterfinal first-leg ties.

Arsenal are the remaining Premier League representative in the competition.

Indeed, the UEL is now Arsenal’s focus as it’s the last realistic chance for the Gunners to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Having knocked out AC Milan in the last round, Arsenal are in a great position to win the trophy.

Next up is Russian side CSKA Moscow, who are third in their domestic league.

Petr Cech not David Ospina

In Thursday’s edition of the Times, the predicted line-ups for the Arsenal-CSKA Moscow game are presented.

There is a significant change in the Arsenal defence. Petr Cech, who missed last weekend’s Premier League win over Stoke with a knock, is predicted to start in goal against CSKA.

So far in the Europa League, David Ospina has been the preferred goalie for Arsenal.

Now, as we get into the business end of the competition, it seems that Wenger will draft in his number one stopper.

Times: Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow predicted line-ups

Looking around the rest of the Arsenal predicted XI, Alexandre Lacazette is tipped to start up-front.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey should return in midfielder.

How CSKA Moscow got here

CSKA progressed to the last eight of the competition on away goals after drawing 3-3 on aggregate against Lyon in the last-16.

CSKA also come into the match on the back of four straight wins, including Sunday’s 2-1 win over Rostov. Georgie Shchennikov and Pontus Wernbloom scored for CSKA.

CSKA will need to break the mould if they are to win on Thursday. The Russian side have lost five consecutive matches against English opposition.

Also see: Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow predictions: Europa League match preview & predicted line-ups.

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