'Europa League can save Arsenal season'

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2018

However, things will not get any easier for the Gunners as they will have to travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on the 29 April just a few days after the first leg, which will mean they will surely have to rest players for that fixture to prioritise reaching the final of the Europa League as it is there only realistic chance of reaching the Champions League next season.

Manager Arsene Wenger looked a disgruntled figure on the Arsenal bench for much of the night as CSKA grew in confidence to lead 2-0 by the 50th minute.

Arsenal were handed a mouth-watering clash against tournament favourites Atletico Madrid in Friday's draw for the semi-finals of the Europa League, meaning the clubs will meet for the first time.

While rotation is likely to continue ahead of the tie with the LaLiga side, Wenger conceded after a poor performance in Russian Federation that tiredness could become a worry.

So despite all the protests against Wenger, who thinks that a Europa League win will ensure he is with us for at least one more year?

"I do as much (rotating) as I can but unfortunately some players have to play every game".

After also reaching the League Cup final, Arsenal could play 61 games by the end of the season if they reach the Europa League final and there was particular concern over Jack Wilshere, who came off after taking a kick to his ankle.

"It is a little bit of a concern yes because, with the League Cup in the middle of the season, it is so hard", he said.

"He got a kick as well on his ankle", the Frenchman revealed after confirming Wilshere had exhausted during the game. They played well, had opportunities and took them.

The draw in Moscow ended a run of six straight wins for Wenger's side as they look to finish the season strongly.

Diego Simeone's Atletico side, second in La Liga, have already faced English opposition this season in Europe, losing 2-1 at home to Chelsea and drawing away as they bowed out of the Champions League at the group stage.

"We land at 5am and we play Sunday morning".

"It is very hard".

"The second thing that is very, very hard is that every time we play, everyone else has played".

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