In the latest Arsenal news, Calum Chambers has urged his team-mates to forget about off-field political issues and focus on putting in a good performance against CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-final, first-leg.
The Gunners welcome CSKA to the Emirates for a heavyweight European contest on Thursday night, with the ongoing political uncertainty between the UK and Russia adding to the intrigue surrounding the game.
However, Chambers, who could be handed given a starting chance, has urged his side to keep their attention on football rather than any external factors.
“We are just trying to focus on the game. You can get too wound up with things going on around it,” he told Standard Sport. “At the end of the day it is a football match and we want to go and win and get a good result so I think everyone is fully focused on them, how we are going to play against them. That is the best way to do it and not focus on other things around it.”
Arsenal head into the game on the back of a 3-0 home victory over Stoke City, extending their winning run to four matches in all competitions, and they know winning the Europa League is their only realistic route into next season’s Champions League.
The hosts have won their last three matches at the Emirates but they will need another top performance to get the better of a CSKA team that have racked up four consecutive wins.
Viktor Goncharenko’s men are unbeaten from their last seven games on the road and they are undefeated in the previous two meetings with the Gunners.
France international Alexandre Lacazette, fully recovered from a recent spell on the sidelines, came off the bench to score in the win over the Potters and he is 10/3 with William Hill to score the first goal on Thursday.