Stayaway Arsenal fans will return for Europa League, says Wenger

Stayaway Arsenal fans will return for Europa League, says Wenger

Stayaway Arsenal fans will return for Europa League, says Wenger

Veteran Arsenal manager Wenger is well aware of what is at stake.

"There is some extra pressure to do extremely well in this competition, but that is part of being where we are".

In fact, that was Southampton's only Premier League win since the end of November and they suffered successive 3-0 losses at Newcastle and West Ham in their last two games.

"We were very disappointed with our results against City", said Wenger.

"It takes always a bit of time to grieve and recover and the mentality in the team is strong and healthy", he added.

"We don't live in dreamland, we are in a quarter-final and we have to be very realistic and go step by step and give everything to go through in the quarter-final", Wenger said.

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Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is trying to win the Europa League for the second year in a row after last season's triumph with Manchester United, but he insisted that Arsenal can't put all of their eggs in one basket and ignore the rest of the league campaign.

CSKA retain four players - goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev and defenders Sergei Ignashevich and Aleksei and Vasili Berezutski - from their only previous meetings with Arsenal, a 1-0 home win and 0-0 draw in London during the 2006-07 Champions League group stage.

At a press conference, the 29-year-old told reporters: "I can say it's a very good team. For us tomorrow it's about our performance and our crowd will be behind us".

Wenger has a fully fit squad, with France worldwide Alexandre Lacazette available following knee surgery. Alexandre Lacazette scored against Stoke at the weekend, his first goal since mid-January, so he'll be feeling refreshed psychologically.

When asked about the issue on Wednesday, Wenger held his cards close to his chest, saying: 'Who starts in goal?

However, Wenger increased speculation that he would be ditching his "Cup Keeper" policy which has seen David Ospina become his first choice shot-stopper in knock-out competitions this term.

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