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Ian Wright 'pleased' with stay-away Arsenal fans

05 April 2018

Wenger's side face a crucial Europa League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow on Thursday but sit sixth in the Premier League, 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, and Wright insists that's not good enough for Gunners fans.

Alexandre Lacazette was forced to undergo minor surgery on a knee injury in February which kept him sidelined throughout March, but the French worldwide made a successful return against Stoke City at the weekend.

After a dour first half, Arsenal found their footing and downed Stoke behind goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

"Lacazette is ready to start, yes".

Whether they'll be playing in front of a full stadium remains to be seen, though. We still have seven games to go in the Premier League and we have to win every game.

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"We are not going to think that we only have to give all our strength and power in Europa League games".

"I haven't got a problem saying they are the number one right now".

The Europa League represents their only chance of silverware and their only realistic hope of securing UEFA Champions League football for next season.

With the only route into the Champions League in 2018/19 available if the London side win the Europa League, continuing to produce their best form against the Russian visitors will be key in the English capital.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has applauded the Arsenal fans who have stayed away from the Emirates in the last few weeks. "We are in the quarter-final and have to go step by step". Everyone knows that the Berezutski brothers are more than 35-years-old, very experienced and can help them be compact in defence.

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"The weight of the away goal in Europe is important so ideally you don't want to concede", Wenger explained.

As the fallout of the Sergei Skripal spy-poisoning incident continues and a major diplomatic dispute between Russia and the United Kingdom rages, several countries have ordered the expulsion Russian diplomats.

"You are a bit more in a situation where you have to defend well and attack well".

'Relations between England and Russian Federation at the moment are a bit complicated, I just hope it won't affect both ties, ' Wenger said.

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Ian Wright 'pleased' with stay-away Arsenal fans