Wenger gives latest Arsenal update on Mkhitaryan

Wenger's side suffered a scare before seeing off CSKA's challenge to reach the semi-finals

Wenger's side suffered a scare before seeing off CSKA's challenge to reach the semi-finals

Salzburg forced Lazio into a second-half capitulation as the Italians crashed out in the Europa League quarter-finals after losing 4-1 but Olympique de Marseille staged a thrilling fightback to see off visitors Leipzig 5-2 on Thursday.

Alex Iwobi missed a good chance late on to make certain of things, but Ramsey fared better when racing clean through on goal by lofting the ball over Akinfeev to keep the Londoners on course for silverware.

Having produced one of his most impressive displays in Arsenal's 2-2 Europa League draw at CSKA Moscow on Thursday, Mohamed Elneny earned a fan award and effusive praise from coach Arsene Wenger.

"They are a similar kind of club to us", Atletico director Clemente Villaverde said at the draw at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon.

Goals from Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin put CSKA in front on Thursday evening, before Arsenal hit back through Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey, and Gordon Strachan argued the battling draw in Russian Federation displayed the Gunners' mental strength.

Two assists and an all-around brilliant performance. But Elneny wasn't taking any chances.

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Mkhitaryan has been a regular fixture in the first team at Arsenal since his move and has been showing signs of becoming a key player for Wenger's men.

The North London club's only European semi-final tie against Spanish opposition came in the 2005/06 Champions League tournament when they defeated Villarreal.

They are favorites to beat Red Bull Salzburg, but they will need a positive result in the first leg before they travel to Austria for the second leg.

Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League while Liverpool play AS Roma in a repeat of the 1984 final.

"I am from France and Marseille are in there as well and that is always a hard place to go, maybe it is better that I don't wish for anybody".

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