Our prediction for this Europa League match:
As expected, Arsenal outclassed CSKA Moscow 4-1 at Emirates Stadium in the Europa League quarter-finals, first leg. The Gunners aim to save the season by winning the Europa League trophy and there is every chance coach Arsene Wenger will field the best possible side in Thursday's football match against the Russian team. Alexandre Lacazette, who scored a brace in the 4-1 win over CSKA, will be the man to watch in the away team. The Armeitsy, on the other hand, must be low on confidence ahead of the return leg and given the quality of the Premier League side, we do not believe the hosts are capable of overcoming the deficit. In their last meeting in Moscow CSKA recorded a hard-fought 1-0 over Arsenal, but we predict the two teams are going to play out a draw in the Europa League quarter-finals, return leg, at VEB Arena.
Highlighted Player (Mario Fernandes):
Brazilian defender Mario Fernandes is a right-back by trade, but the 25-year-old South American can also play at centre-back. It is exactly his versatility that makes him a player of significant quality. Mario Fernandes signed for CSKA Moscow in 2012 from Gremio and during his time in Russia he has already surpassed the 100-game mark for the Armeitsy who faced plenty of pressure to sell their prized asset in 2015 with Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Manchester United and Barcelona all believed to be interested in a played dubbed the new Lucio.
No stranger to controversy, Mario Fernandes hit headlines for all the wrong reasons on a couple of occasions during his career. Most recent one was a 2015 Champions League qualifiers when his screaming and faking an injury was called an important “theatre piece” by the Russian media.
Temperamental right-back is nevertheless an important member of CSKA’s first-team whose areal ability adds an additional dimension to Army Men’s play.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.