Wenger admits CSKA gave him a scare

Saul Niguez of Club Atletico de Madrid in action during the Copa del Rey Quarter Final second Leg match between Sevilla FC and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

Saul Niguez of Club Atletico de Madrid in action during the Copa del Rey Quarter Final second Leg match between Sevilla FC and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

If you look at the game we were in trouble. The side drawn first will play the first leg at home April 26, with the return leg scheduled for May 3.

John Williamson, a committee member for the Arsenal Independent Supporters' Association, who was one of the fans to make the trip to Russian Federation, said he was never put off travelling and had felt safe since arriving on Wednesday.

'It will be very important for the club to finish the season with a European success and most importantly, if we can book the spot in the Champions League for next season.

However, Danny Welbeck's 75th minute strike halted the comeback before Aaron Ramsey secured Arsenal's passage with an injury time leveller.

Lazio suffered a second-half capitulation at RB Salzburg to crash out in the Europa League quarter-finals but Olympique de Marseille staged a thrilling fightback to see off Leipzig in the south of France on Thursday.

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And against a backdrop of insane European comebacks this week, there were nerves amongst the Arsenal fans and players.

'We need to change some things, but it is not guaranteed that we will succeed or fail, so will implement some alterations then see how it happens'.

"When they scored their second goal we were a bit on the ropes but it was a good response from us".

It is Diego Simeone's Atletico, though, who Wenger would prefer to avoid in his side's first last-four tie in Europe since 2009.

"Maybe we were surprised by the intensity at the start", Wenger said.

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"That is something really exceptional, you do not find it in many players".

"No, not at all", he replied when asked by Press Association Sport if the political climate had put him off making the trip.

"Let's just play well against the team we get", he added.

"When they know we are English they have gone out of their way to make us feel welcome, so they have been very, very nice".

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