Arsenal are currently 4 games unbeaten both domestically and in Europe and appear to have reinvigorated their desire to achieve success on a regular basis, and on the eve of the club’s Europa League quarter-final encounter against CSKA Moscow, Arsene Wenger has called for a ‘top class’ showing from his men in order to stamp their authority on the continent’s secondary tournament.
The Gunners are 13 points behind 4th placed Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League standings and the prospect of missing out on Champions League football yet again next term seems inevitable, so ultimately, if the north-Londoners are to return to Europe’s centre stage, they’ll have to rally as a unit and lift the Europa League trophy in May, though there’s still a very long, arduous road ahead of them to navigate before they reach their final destination.
Wenger is under no illusion that Thursday’s first-leg clash with their Russian counterparts is going to be a mere stroll in the park and speaking to the media – via a report published by Sports Mole – the French tactician insists that his redoubled contingent are alive to the challenge that awaits them at the Emirates.
“We play against a team who has done well in Europe so we certainly need a top class performance.” He said.
“There is some extra pressure on us to do extremely well in this competition but that’s part of being where we are. It’s an opportunity we want to take.
“We don’t live in dreamland. We are in the quarter-final and have to go step by step.”
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