The Gunners warmed up for the game with a 3-0 win over Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday to keep themselves in sixth place in the Premier League table.
With Arsenal currently way off the pace in the race for a top-four finish this season, the north London club’s best hope of qualifying for the Champions League will be to win the Europa League this term.
Their European journey continues with the first leg of their quarter-final clash against the Russian side at The Emirates this weekend.
And Wilshere has insisted that Arsenal are feeling more confident than they have for quite some time after a run of victories in all competitions.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the win over Stoke, Wilshere said: “It’s a big game. We needed that 90 minutes out of the way. We needed to get the three points, move on and keep the momentum going.
“We’ve won a few in a row and wanted to keep that going. Now we’ve got a big one on Thursday and we’re ready for that.”
Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph under Arsene Wenger back in 2003-04.
The Gunners look set to miss out on a top four finish for the second season running after they ended up in fifth place in the Premier League table last term to leave them in the Europa League this season.
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