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Wenger Confirms Triple Fitness Boost Ahead Of CSKA Clash

Wenger Confirms Triple Fitness Boost Ahead Of CSKA Clash

Arsene Wenger has been troubled by the frequent sight of a half-full Emirates Stadium but is optimistic of strong backing from Arsenal fans in their Europa League clash with CSKA Moscow.

Wenger said, via Football London: "Lacazette is ready to start".

Lacazette came off the bench to play 29 minutes and score from the penalty spot, and Wenger has revealed that the forward could be drafted into the starting lineup for the contest with the Russian outfit.

Wenger said: "I think you make more of it than it is".

'Lacazette is ready to start.

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As reported earlier, Arsenal defeated Stoke City 3-0, while Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan came on as a substitute at the 76th minute.

That as well... you will see that tomorrow.

However, the goalkeeper returned to full training at London Colney this morning and is available for selection tomorrow - although Wenger refused to confirm whether it would be Cech or David Ospina who will start in goal.

"The crowd, when something is at stake, is always there and always behind us".

Arsenal though invited ridicule by blaming low crowds for recent games against Watford and Stoke on Mother's Day and Easter respectively. Our concern is the performance and the crowd will be behind us.

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Asked what it would mean to win the Europa League, he said: "We are in the quarter-final, let's be realistic, it is a long way to go".

"Lacazette is ready to start". I think it's great.

When asked if he was surprised by the decision, the Arsenal boss told the media: "No, because I know they have a good understanding".

"Overall in the Premier League in the last two, three weeks we faced that problem. Everybody knows that the defensive line with the Ignashevich brothers, they are more than 35 years old and of course they can help them to play better and be more compact in defence".

Wenger has yet to win a major European trophy with Arsenal, although they were beaten on penalties in the 2000 UEFA Cup final and lost to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final.

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