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Arsenal close to fully fit squad ahead of CSKA clash

Arsene Wenger has reported a close to fully fit squad for Arsenal's Europa League quarter-final first leg clash with CSKA Moscow Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger has reported a close to fully fit squad for Arsenal's Europa League quarter-final first leg clash with CSKA Moscow on Thursday.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech and striker Danny Welbeck both trained on Wednesday but are doubts for the match.

The Arsenal boss said: "We have basically everybody available, I think."

Wenger also confirmed that striker Alexandre Lacazette is back in contention and added: "Lacazette is ready to start, yes. I have not decided will he start but he is available and ready to start."

Arsenal to meet CSKA in Europa League last eight

Arsenal overcame AC Milan in the round of 16 beating the Italians 5-1 on aggregate. Credit: PA

Arsenal will play Russian club CSKA Moscow in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The Gunners booked their place in the last eight by defeating AC Milan, winning the second leg 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening to seal a 5-1 aggregate victory.

In the other quarter-final ties following Friday's draw in Nyon, Atletico Madrid face Sporting Lisbon, RB Leipzig tackle Marseille and Lazio take on Red Bull Salzburg.

Arsenal last reached a European quarter-final in 2010, when they lost to Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Gunners are currently sixth in the Premier League - and look unlikely to break their way into the top four, currently some 12 points behind Liverpool.

Arsene Wenger's men, though, have now won their last three matches in all competitions to ease the pressure somewhat on the veteran French coach.

The first leg of the tie is set for April 5 at the Emirates Stadium, with the second leg on April 12.

However, it remains to be seen what impact the current political situation regarding relations between the United Kingdom and Russia will have on the fixtures.

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