Wenger reacts to empty seats ahead of CSKA clash

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Arsenal's only realistic chance of qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League is to win this season's Europa League.

Wenger would not confirm whether David Ospina will continue in goal or if Petr Cech will return. He got the winning goal against Olympique Lyonnais in the last round of the competition, and also hit the victor against Rostov to secure all three points in their previous Russian Premier League clash. Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere says Arsenal have built up plenty of momentum heading into this quarter-final, and I'm inclined to agree.

Veteran Arsenal manager Wenger is well aware of what is at stake.

And knowing his future could depend on it, Wenger is pondering a surprise goalkeeping change.

He told Sport Express: "I know Mkhitaryan's abilities very well". That's part of being where we are'. "I have not decided he will start but he is available and ready to start".

"There are no easy teams to play".

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Meanwhile, Wenger believes the ongoing political tensions between the United Kingdom and Russian Federation will not spill over into Thursday's showdown.

"We play against a team who has done well in Europe so we certainly need a top class performance", Wenger said in his press conference on Wednesday ahead of the game against the Russian side.

"Now, they are looking at the club falling away and nothing being done". With that said, Goncharenko's charges did beat Lyon in the last round on away goals after a 3-3 drew.

There were in-excess of 10,000 empty seats at the weekend, underlining the growing apathy from fans towards the club at the moment.

"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".

"I am always concerned when our stadium is not completely full, but I don't think that will be a problem tomorrow".

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