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Arsenal survive CSKA Moscow scare to progress through

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Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 01:58

They went into the second leg with a 4-1 lead over CSKA Moscow but despite that struggled to create chances and even put shots on target with the home side dominating the game.

The Gunners had won 4-1 in the first-leg at the Emirates and, after fielding a strong side in Russian Federation, were expected to ease through to the last-four.

French side Marseille was drawn to play Salzburg in the second semi-final tie.

"We were in trouble in the first half".

Marseille, who are fourth in Ligue 1, have reached their first European semi-final in 14 years.

Former European champions Marseille found themselves 2-0 down on aggregate inside two minutes at the Stade Velodrome in the south of France when Leipzig's Bruma silenced the home crowd but they recovered to secure a 5-3 aggregate win.

Lost in the post-match shuffle of the 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow and Arsenal advancing to the Europa League semifinals was an update on the status of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Everyone at the start of it would've picked Arsenal out and said they were the team to beat and they have been.

Rafael Benitez is adamant his side is not safe yet though, as they eye the 40-point mark in the Premier League, and Newcastle have the chance to surpass that target with a victory against Europa League semi-finalists Arsenal on Sunday.

The Gunners have already played 52 games this season after reaching the Europa League semi-finals and going all the way to the Carabao Cup final before losing to Manchester City.

The visitors were looking a lot less comfortable when Fedor Chalov netted his first Europa League goal of the season, though, giving the Red-Blues something to build on.

The encounter will be Arsenal's first ever competitive meeting with Atl├ętico Madrid.

The two-legged ties will be played on April 26 and May 3, with the final played at the Stade de Lyon on May 16.