On the eve of our Quarter-Final Europa League tie versus CSKA Moscow, if we look to our win over Stoke last weekend, we can clearly see where our priorities lie.

There were a few selections that indicated that Wenger is putting our European campaign to the front of the queue, and it also gives us a few pointers regarding who will play against the Russian side.

We had Laurent Koscielny left on the bench against the Potters, with Calum Chambers doing a good job of stepping in, so it looks like the Frenchman was being rested with this game in mind. Mohamed Elneny was another who came into the side to battle Stoke and he did his chances no harm at all, but Granit Xhaka was a substitute and should come back into the eleven.

The news that should fill us with the most cheer is the return of Alexandre Lacazette. The striker’s layoff saw Danny Welbeck as our go-to Europa League frontman, as our other striker - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - was cup tied for the competition. This may not have hampered us in the goal stakes, but there is a gulf between the clinical nature of Lacazette and Welbeck. Welbeck still has a place though, and he will most likely get the nod for a space just behind in our forward four.

So, it has to be a good thing that we have his services back. Our attack will definitely benefit from having Lacazette back, and the Frenchman will have a point to prove with Didier Deschamps having plenty of attackers to choose from for his World Cup plans. Is there any better stage to not only book his World Cup ticket, but also a space in Arsenal's first team reckoning, than the latter stages of a European competition?

Mesut Ozil played against Stoke but he will undoubtedly play as many minutes as possible, such is his influence. Another player who will return though is Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Armenian has shown his impact in the previous round versus AC Milan, and if we are to take a healthy lead to Moscow next week, then we need every bit of nous.

Make no mistake, CSKA will look to turn up to The Emirates and take a result back to their home ground, so they will play with numbers in defence, and try to use some of their star names to their advantage.

An away goal for them could swing this tie, and they have the pace of former Leicester forward Ahmed Musa up top. He’ll be fed well by the skills of Alan Dzagoev, Pontus Wernbloom and Aleksander Golovin, who are more than capable of causing us all sorts of problems. If Granit Xhaka foregoes his defensive responsibilities again, we could be visiting Moscow with a mountain to climb.

Surprisingly, the Russian league is pretty competitive for the title this season, with CSKA currently in third spot, five points behind leaders Lokomotiv and three behind Spartak. Just behind our opponents are Zenit and FC Krasnodar. The top five are separated by just eight points and it means they’ll be primed for tough encounters. We need to put this game to bed in the first leg.

First thing’s first is keeping a clean sheet. David Ospina is our cup keeper and he’ll have a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. Then, we need to be on the front foot and get us a lead to take to Russia.

If we do that, then it’s a job well done.

Predicted lineup - Ospina, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Welbeck, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Lacazette

Predicted Scoreline - 2-0 to The Arsenal