The Gunners are now sixth in the Premier League - and look unlikely to break their way into the top four, now some 12 points behind Liverpool.
CSKA Moscow FC was the only football club from Russian Federation to reach the quarterfinals stage of the current UEFA Europa League tournament. CSKA Moscow are a good side but surely the Gunners can reach the next stage.
CSKA were initially in the Champions League this term, finishing behind Manchester United and Basel at the group stage - though only three points behind the latter - despite beating the Swiss champions away and Benfica (twice).
As we all know by now, winning the Europa League represents Arsenal's only realistic shot at returning to Champions League football next season.
The first leg of the ties will be on April 5, with the second leg a week later on April 12.