A run of six straight wins for Arsenal has seen a change in their fanbase’s mood. While there is still widespread desire to have a managerial change in the summer, all efforts are solely focussed on winning the Europa League – their only way to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
An upturn in form even means that Chelsea – the champions – are just three points ahead of them in fifth and catching them is within reach, but a top four place is – unsurprisingly following 10 Premier League defeats – unattainable.
A dominant 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in their Europa League quarter-final first-leg means that the Gunners are in complete control of the tie and, barring a massive upset, they will reach the last four. Claiming the trophy for the first time will be far from straightforward, though, with Lazio and Atletico Madrid among the remaining contenders.
After last week’s results, the sports bookmaker Tipbet.com have Arsenal as second favourites to claim the trophy at 3.10. This will, of course, fluctuate as games unfold but Atletico are 1.95 currently having claimed the Europa League in 2010 and 2012, while they lead Portuguese side Sporting CP 2-0 on aggregate following their first-leg.
CSKA Moscow have a mountain to climb on Thursday night, and their chances of winning on the night, let alone advancing, are slim given that they have lost their last two at the VEB Arena. Nonetheless, the Russians are 3.45 to get a victory against Arsenal. With just six Russian Premier League matches to go, and in fourth place, finishing a position higher is the best that Moscow can hope for by overtaking Krasnodar – doing so would bring with it third round qualifying to get back into the Champions League.
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