All's well that ends WEL: Arsenal off the ropes and into semis

All's well that ends WEL: Arsenal off the ropes and into semis

Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin struck in the opening 50 minutes to threaten a dramatic turnaround in the tie, but Welbeck and Ramsey scored in the final quarter of an hour to seal a 6-3 aggregate victory.

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.

Aaron Ramsey has revealed the extent of the gruesome calf injury he suffered during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow in the Europa League.

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

Down 2-0 and on the verge of a shock defeat, Welbeck received the ball on the touchline and deftly lost his marker courtesy of a slick turn, before a give-and-go with Mohamed Elneny gifted the England striker a wonderful finish to give the Gunners a 5-3 lead on aggregate.

"They scored the second and Ignashevich had a chance to score goal three, then we were a bit on the ropes. We were in trouble in the first half but once we moved to a back five we were much more stable and didn't concede many chances".

The midfielder has been a regular fixture in the Arsenal team this season and he has been one of the first names on Wenger's team sheet for most of the campaign.

Marseille, who are fourth in Ligue 1, have reached their first European semi-final in 14 years.

Asked if he would prefer to avoid favourites Atletico, who are second in La Liga behind Barcelona, he said: "Ideally, maybe they are the strongest on paper, but let's play well against the team we get".

"We didn't win duels". It put pressure on us - if they score we are out.

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.

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