Marseille, Arsenal and Atletico reach Europa semis as Salzburg stuns Lazio

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

The Gunners join Atletico Madrid, Marseille and Salzburg in the semi-final draw, which takes place in Nyon, Switzerland, at 11:00 BST on Friday.

Aaron Ramsey made it 6-3 with seconds left to cement a result that was long in doubt.

Welbeck's goal sparked Arsenal's comeback as they cancelled out CSKA's 2-0 lead to draw their second-leg 2-2 and reach the semifinals 6-3 on aggregate.

But Arsenal's nerves began to jangle as CSKA took a 39th-minute lead when Nababkin's header from Konstantin Kuchaev's cross was parried by goalkeeper Petr Cech into the path of Chalov, who applied a close-range finish.

"It wasn't comfortable, we have seen in Europe how hard it can be coming into games with an advantage", Welbeck said.

"They were very focused and played well as they attempted to score", Elneny said following the game, which saw him provide the two assists of Arsenal's two goals.

They are the first Austrian side to reach a European semi-final since 1996 and are now unbeaten in 25 home games in all competitions this season. I thought we showed a lot of maturity in the last 20 minutes. After that, you could see their energy drop again and we could wait for another counter-attack and we scored the second goal. We need to go to the pitch believing in ourselves and that we can make it into the next round.

'We know this is our chance to book our Champions League spot but not only that, you play a European competition for a cup and for a cup the club has never won. After, we had some pressure on us because, if they'd scored the third, we're out.

"It is our last chance to qualify for the Champions League, so we will fight until the end".

There are just two changes from the starting lineup which faced CSKA in the first leg, Mohamed Elneny and Danny Welbeck coming in for the ill Granit Xhaka and the injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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