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Arsenal demolish CSKA Moscow in Europa League

The Gunners ran riot in Russia as they thrashed CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the Europa Champions League on Thursday.

By SportBrief Reporter

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side have done “half a job” after a “spectacular” first-half performance saw the Gunners take control of their Europa League quarter-final by demolishing CSKA Moscow in the first leg.

Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey scored two goals each as the Gunners hit four in 26 minutes before half-time.

Arsenal were unable to add to their tally in the second half but they will head to Russia’s capital for the second leg next Thursday with a commanding lead.

“We have to be realistic. We have to do the job over there, go and try to win the game, that’s the best way,” said Wenger.

Ramsey’s side-foot finish set Arsenal on their way.

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

Ramsey produced a brilliant third with an instinctive volleyed flick, with Lacazette adding a fourth after being picked out by the outstanding Ozil.

“We have done half of a job,” added Wenger. “There was a good pace in the first half, the two teams gave everything, which is why it was such a spectacular first half.”

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