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Lacazette brace as Arsenal thrash CSKA Moscow

Lacazette brace as Arsenal thrash CSKA Moscow

Arsenal survived a brief scare before easing past CSKA Moscow with a 4-1 Europa League quarter-final first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger's side will be confident of reaching the semi-finals of a competition that provides a team sixth in the Premier League - 13 points off fourth place with seven games left - with their most realistic chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Ozil then set up Ramsey for his glorious improvised second, before also picking out Lacazette - starting for the first time since January 30 - as the Gunners opened up a three-goal lead.

Ahmed Musa wasted a glorious chance to put them ahead soon afterwards as he wrong-footed two defenders with quick a quick shift to his left, but could only find the side-netting.

Aleksandr Golovin levelled with a sublime free-kick before Lacazette, who has recovered from a knee injury, made it 2-1 with a penalty after Mesut Ozil was fouled by Georgi Schennikov.

But the north Londoners restored their lead midway through the first half from the penalty spot.

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.

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The final chance of an entertaining first half saw Ozil attempt something special from Granit Xhaka's cross to the back post from the right on 44 minutes, but the German cleared the crossbar on the half-volley from the edge of the six-yard box.

The Armenia worldwide then drew a smart save out of Akinfeev, with Ramsey blazing the rebound over as he went in search of a second hat trick of the season.

CSKA were wasteful all evening and had a goal chalked out for offside as Alan Dzagoev headed in after Cech blocked Pontus Wernbloom's shot.

Ramsey looked desperate to complete his hat-trick, going close twice within 10 minutes of the restart - an effort deflecting off Sergei Ignashevich and going just wide, before he then fired over from the middle of the area after Akinfeev could only parry Henrikh Mkhitaryan's long-range effort.

Ramsey nearly turned provider on 79 minutes with a unsafe cross from the right that found Danny Welbeck, but Akinfeev pulled off a sharp save at close range. Ozil floated a ball over the CSKA defence to a leaping Ramsey who volleyed it past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev from eight meters with the heel of his right boot.

Wernbloom almost pulled one back for the Moscow giants in the final minute after losing Shkodran Mustafi with a neat turn on the edge of the box, but he curled the ball wide of the left post.

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