The Gunners have also recorded six successive wins in all competitions, but CSKA have lost just two of their last 11 home matches and will feel that an early goal in Russia can change the course of this tie.
After seeing off Lyon in the last 16, CSKA Moscow would have been quietly confident of causing a second surprise against Arsenal but as it stands, playing the first leg away from home has not worked in their favour.
An away goal in a narrow defeat would have delighted boss Viktor Goncharenko had it occurred, but there will also be a degree of satisfaction after preventing Arsenal from scoring more goals during the final 55 minutes at the Emirates.
Goncharenko and his players will take confidence from Roma's comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League but while much focus will be placed on scoring goals on Thursday night, CSKA's defensive duties cannot be neglected.
In the club's four most recent matches, no clean sheets have been recorded and eight goals have been conceded and in theory, the Berezutski brothers - Aleksei and Vasili - are going to have to roll back the years to help their team through to the last four of this competition.
CSKA's home record in Europe this season is also less than spectacular with two wins and three defeats coming from five matches since September, which includes a 4-1 setback against Manchester United.
Ahmed Musa returned to the club on loan from Leicester City in January, but the Nigerian forward is still to rediscover his best form with just the one goal coming in nine outings in all competitions.
Losing to Dinamo Moscow at the weekend would have done little to boost CSKA's mindset ahead of this match, but it did end a run of three successive victories which has left the club third in their league table.
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Six weeks ago, it was considered near impossible that Arsenal were capable of putting together half-a-dozen wins in a row and recording two victories over AC Milan, but that is exactly what Arsene Wenger and his squad have achieved.
The pressure and hostility toward the Gunners boss remains - and the Frenchman will inwardly accept that only winning the Europa League will satisfy supporters of the North Londoners - but Arsenal are at least showing promising signs during the closing stages of this season and ahead of the next campaign.
Being unable to use Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Europe is undoubtedly a blow to the Premier League outfit, but it is at least giving the likes of Alexandre Lacazette a platform to show his true worth and for Danny Welbeck to get a run of matches under his belt, something that the England international has not managed to do since the first two months of the season.
Since recovering from a knee injury, Lacazette has contributed three goals in 122 minutes of football, while Welbeck has come through 477 minutes in eight matches since the start of March.
The progress of the duo will be seen as huge positives and while both men will not necessarily be regarded as first-choice players when everyone is fit, the pair have a vital role to play when it comes to keeping Wenger at the club for another season.
That said, Wenger will remain concerned about his side's defensive efforts, especially against Southampton at the weekend where only a stellar showing from Petr Cech kept the Saints down to two goals, and it highlighted the uncertainty at the back when Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal are not involved.
Each of Arsenal's last five matches have also come at home so while they deserve credit for winning each of those contests, it should not be forgotten that Wenger's men have suffered defeat in four of their last six away trips.
Arsenal have the ability to make Thursday's match as comfortable as they want to but if they concede an early goal - like they have done in their last two matches - Wenger will have to find a way of getting his team through the nervy moments which would inevitably follow and it could make or break the club's season.
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Due to Aubameyang's unavailability, Lacazette will be handed a recall to the starting lineup with Welbeck likely to line up on one of the flanks.
Mesut Ozil was said to be suffering from fatigue at the weekend, but the German playmaker should take his place in the team on Thursday night.
The same will apply to Aaron Ramsey, with Wenger appearing to try to keep the Welshman fit for the club's European fixtures going forward, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan could miss the remainder of the campaign through injury.
CSKA Moscow possible starting lineup:
Akinfeev; Shchennikov, A.Berezutski, V.Berezutski, Ignashevich; Kuchaev, Natcho, Dzagoev, Golovin, Wernbloom; Musa
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey; Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette
Head To Head
Thursday's encounter will represent the fourth time that these two clubs have met in a competitive match, with both teams having registered a win apiece.
Arsenal ran out convincing victors last week but back in 2006, CSKA came through two Champions League games without conceding a goal against the English outfit.
The contest in Russia ended in a 1-0 triumph for CSKA, with Daniel Carvalho scoring the only goal against an Arsenal side which featured the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry.
We say: CSKA Moscow 2-2 Arsenal
Arsenal showed at the weekend that they are still susceptible to lapses of concentration in defence so we expect CSKA Moscow to get on the scoresheet on Thursday night, but the North Londoners are beginning to become more clinical in the final third and should have enough firepower to find a couple of away goals.