Arsenal survive but captain Koscielny says display not good enough

Lacazette and Wilshere are likely to start tonight’s second leg

Lacazette and Wilshere are likely to start tonight’s second legDAVID PRICE ARSENAL FC VIA GETTY IMAGES

Arsenal also reached the semi-finals after recovering from a wobble to draw 2-2 at CSKA Moscow and progress 6-3 on aggregate.

The Gunners did a pull goal back with 15 minutes remaining as Danny Welbeck combined with Elneny before calmly slotting past the on-rushing Akinfeev.

The 2-2 result sees the north Londoners progress to the semi-finals courtesy of a 6-3 aggregate scoreline, along with Atletico Madrid, Marseille and Salzburg.

Meanwhile, Atletico held on in the rain in Lisbon to win 2-1 on aggregate against Sporting, despite losing on the night to a Fredy Montero header in the first half.

Aaron Ramsey levelled the second-leg scoreline in injury time to spare the Gunners' blushes further, but Wenger accepted the tie could have run away from his side.

Lazio, who are third in Serie A, led 4-2 from the first leg in Rome and increased their advantage when Ciro Immobile scored his eighth goal in this season's competition in the 55th minute but Salzburg equalised a minute later through Munas Dabbur.

"They were very focused and played well as they attempted to score", Elneny said following the game, which saw him provide the two assists of Arsenal's two goals.

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'Maybe we were a bit surprised by the intensity of the game and we were not at the races in the first half.

"It was not the plan", said the France defender. "We always believed in it, and that makes a lot of difference".

However, just as CSKA threatened again, they were stunned by a brilliant piece of play from Welbeck.

"It is our last chance to qualify for the Champions League, so we will fight until the end".

Wenger's charges had to survive a scare to reach the last-four, however.

"You could see when you have a big difference after the first game it's hard to turn up with the same urgency than if a difference is very small and that played a part in the way we played in the first half", said Wenger.

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