A fantastic first half showing was enough for Arsenal to put one foot into the Europa League semi-finals, as a Ramsey and Lacazette brace was enough to shove aside CSKA Moscow at The Emirates.

Arsenal named an unsurprisingly strong team for this tie, and it paid off in spades as we got off to a blistering start - and Mesut Ozil was at the heart of everything.

The German created three openings inside the first ten minutes, and while one of them led to a goal ruled out for offside, the third chance fell to Aaron Ramsey again and there was no taking this away.

It was a great team goal, starting with Jack who fed Ozil. The German played a simple ball down the right to Hector Bellerin, and his low cross was met by a lurking Welshman, who slammed home from close range.

It was no more than we deserved. Ahmed Musa had been causing us some problems, but we seemed to cause them problems at will.

Then what we all dreaded actually happened - the cursed away goal.

After some comical defending, Laurent Koscielny gave away a free-kick just outside of the box, which Golovin duly dispatched with a top class effort that had Petr Cech left with no chance.

Fifteen minutes in, and despite our attacking skill on show, we were in the losing position thanks to a precious away goal for CSKA.

For once though,we needn’t have worried. We didn’t crumble, we didn’t take our foot off the gas, we just kept the pace up and went at them again.

Seven minutes after conceding, we took the lead again. Mesut Ozil went for a saunter into the CSKA area and was upended by Georgi Schennikov. An obvious penalty, and Alexandre Lacazette stepped up to send Igor Akinfeev in the away sides goal the wrong way.

CSKA weren’t finished and Ahmed Musa was central to most of the threat, but he had seemingly left his shooting boots at home, creating ample opportunity for himself, but failing to test Cech.

Then, a goal from the gods. Mesut Ozil lofts a ball over the top of the CSKA defence and Aaron Ramsey lobs Akinfeev with a backheel volley of exquisite touch and finesse, not to mention awareness and composure. When we decide to play, who can match our beauty?

On 35 minutes, we gave ourselves a three goal advantage with our fourth goal of the match, and the first half.

The move started with Xhaka, who played Ozil in on the left hand side. The playmaker sends in a tantalising cross that Lacazette couldn’t refuse to hit, lashing home from 18 yards, giving Akinfeev no chance.

The half time whistle blew with scant injury time. With CSKA Moscow playing a 38 year old and two 35 year olds, some could say that we should be hammering them, but with age comes experience, and they dumped out an impressive Lyon side in the previous round. Make no mistake, we were simply ruthless for once.

We must enjoy nights like these!

And who could blame us after the way this season has panned out.

We still had another 45 minutes to really end this Quarter-Final as a contest, as well as hopefully enjoy another goal or three.

The first few minutes were the Ozil show again, as he played a fantastic ball to Mkhitaryan, but the Armenian shot wide from a promising position. We were still looking dangerous, and with our record for letting leads slip in the past, we needed another goal for safety.

The away side weren’t done either, the game had a real open feel to proceedings. Dzagoev scored an offside goal rightly ruled out, and we needed to be on our toes - 4-2 isn’t a safe scoreline by any stretch.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan then had to go off, his limping a worrying sign, replaced by Alex Iwobi. The youngster had a near immediate chance to get on the scoresheet after being set up by - you guessed it - Mesut Ozil, but the Nigerian opted to pass inexplicably and Lacazette shot wide from a good position.

The game petered out inevitably after such a speed that was maintained, and the last twenty or so minutes were pretty uneventful. The final whistle blew and it was a job well done, despite the occasional wobble.

We go to Moscow next week with a three goal advantage and the knowledge that should we need an away goal, we’ve got more than enough firepower to grab one. Well done boys. #UTA