Date: 5th April 2018 at 12:49pm

Arsenal welcome CSKA Moscow to the Emirates tonight in a bid to put one foot in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The Gunners are aiming to win the competition at the first time of asking under Arsene Wenger. Despite a dreadful season domestically, a Europa League triumph in May would ensure a swift return to Champions League football.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be available, having already competed in the competition with Borussia Dortmund. However, the Gunners will be able to call upon Alexandre Lacazette up front.

And Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas believes the Gunners will take a comfortable 3-0 lead into the second leg in Russia.

Charlie Nicholas predicts easy win on Thursday night. (Image: Sky Sports)

In his Sky Sports predictions column, he said: ‘Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is obviously a miss as he is cup-tied but it was good to see his team spirit letting Alexandre Lacazette take the second penalty.

‘I’d like to see Arsenal finish the league season the way they rounded that game off, with Aubameyang coming in off the left and Lacazette central – surely that is the reason Arsene Wenger signed both?

Arsenal have been drawn against one of the lower seeded teams, but Nicholas has warned the club not to get ahead of themselves.

It is too early for Arsenal to be getting ahead of themselves and thinking about winning this trophy yet – the focus must be on getting a good win heading to Moscow and avoiding another difficult situation.

 

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