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CSKA are playing the same back-four at Arsenal that played in the fixture 12 years ago

Arsenal last played the Russian giants back in 2006 and they still boast FOUR players in their starting line-up from that night 12 years ago

Arsenal have only played CSKA twice before tonight, when they were drawn with them in the group stage of the 2006/07 Champions League season.

The Russian giant’s first trip to the Emirates Stadium back in November 2006 ended in a 0-0 draw, while Arsenal lost 1-0 in Moscow the month before.

The good old days

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The good old days

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Nearly 12 years later, the Gunners will be looking to avenge that result in this evening’s Europa League quarter-final clash.

And while no one from that Arsenal side of 2006 remain – with Theo Walcott running close before his move to Everton in January – CSKA are lining up with the exact same back-three and goalkeeper.

That’s right.  

And yes, before you Google them, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev and defenders Vasily Berezutsky, Aleksey Berezutsky and Sergei Ignashevich are all old as f*ck.

Akinfeev still has some years in him aged at just 31, but the Berezutsky twins are each 35 while Ignashevich is 38.

Alan Dzagoev is another recognisable name, having ended as joint-top scorer at Euro 2012 with Russia, while Ahmed Musa was playing up front for Leicester not too long ago.

As for Arsenal, Petr Cech is making his first European start of the season with David Ospina out injured, while striker Alexandre Lacazette makes his first start since January.


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