Arsene Wenger pleased with Arsenal display in win over CSKA Moscow

Callum Chambers

Arsenal dominated visiting CSKA Moscow in their Europa League clash in London.

However, with only around 200 CSKA fans making the long journey west, there was little bad blood inside the ground for the quarter-final first leg.

Ramsey and striker Alexandre Lacazette scored two each in a first-half dismantling of CSKA Moscow that Wenger called "spectacular" and affords the Gunners a handsome lead to take to Russian Federation next week.

Languishing in sixth in the Premier League, 13 points adrift of the top four, Arsenal's last realistic hope of qualifying for next season's Champions League is by winning the Europa League in Lyon on May 16.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan went close to an early goal but could only hit the side-netting following a smart pass from Ozil - who would go on to run the game.

However, the Welshman did open the scoring by rounding off a fine team move on nine minutes by firing Hector Bellerin's cross into the roof of the net.

Arsenal regained their composure lost having conceded the equaliser and were soon back in front as Ozil was tripped in the penalty area by Georgi Schennikov.

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Ramsey then doubled his tally in style just before the half-hour mark, latching on to Ozil's chipped pass and flicking it over the head of Akinfeev with a delicate cushioned effort using the outside of his right foot.

The Germany worldwide was involved again soon after, exchanging passes with Ramsey before the Wales global tucked home - only for the flag to be raised against Ozil earlier in the move.

Mkhitaryan should have made it five at the start of the second half when Ozil found him in space on the left, but the Armenian midfielder dragged a left-footed shot wide of the right post, while Ramsey was denied by the heel of Sergei Ignashevich after meeting Nacho Monreal's cut-back in the 52nd minute.

However, the second leg should still be a mere formality to maintain their hopes that an otherwise dispiriting season can have a happy ending.

The fit-again Lacazette had missed a great headed chance just before that strike but added his own second effort of the night with a well-taken low finish to further push Wenger's men into the semi-finals.

Elsewhere, Lazio edged a six-goal thriller 4-2 against Salzburg as all four home sides took an advantage into the second leg.

Germany's Leipzig, playing in European competition for the first time, put themselves in a good position to progress after a Timo Werner goal on the stroke of halftime sank Marseille.

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