Arsene Wenger is refusing to get carried away after a “spectacular” first-half performance saw Arsenal take control of their Europa League quarter-final, by demolishing CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the first leg at the Emirates on Thursday night.
Arsenal’s only realistic hope of reaching the Champions League next season would be through winning the competition, but despite their commanding first leg lead, Wenger insists there is still work to be done, before the return leg next Thursday.
“We will focus on the second game. It’s not job done. It’s not over. We have to go there with the right focus and try to win the game.
“We are in the quarter-final, there is a long way to go, and we need to finish the job. We are not in the semi, so it’s too early to talk about winning it. We have suffered a lot recently, so that will help us to be really feet on the ground, humble, trying to do our job well.”
Alexandre Lacazette and the excellent Aaron Ramsey both scored a brace as the Gunners hit four in 26 minutes before halftime, while Aleksandr Golovin scored one for CSKA in the first quarter.
Ramsey opened the scoring in the 9th minute, after guiding a first-time shot into the net from 10 yards. The lead lasted 6 minutes after Golovin equalised for CSKA.
Lacazette with his first start since January, put Arsenal back in the lead in the 23rd minute after Ozil went down under a tackle by Schennikov and Lacazette sent the keeper one way and the ball the other way, low and into the corner!
Ramsey scored Arsenal’s 3rd in the 28th minute after Ozil dinks a ball into the box for Ramsey and instead of taking it down, he lifted himself up and lofts it over the goalkeeper head with a sumptuous flick.
French striker Lacazette sealed the 4-1 win with a further goal in the 35th minute, helping Arsenal to their fifth consecutive win which moves them one step closer to the Europa League semi-final.