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After the 1-1 draw of last week in London, Atletico Madrid is on course to reach the Europa League final. Arsenal knows that on Thursday night it will have to score anyway to provide Arsene Wenger with the ultimate farewell gift.
Atletico Madrid fought literally and figuratively to a 1-1 tie last week in the first leg of the Emirates Stadium. It was not made easy for the Spaniards, as right back Sime Vrsaljko was able to advance after a red card within ten minutes. Arsenal seemed to take advantage of this via Alexandre Lacazette, but the visitors continued to compete and came alongside in the final phase via an equally important edition of Antoine Griezmann. Diego Simeone, who was sent back to the stands in London, was allowed to call himself the moral winner. Midfielder Thomas Partey revealed this week that the Argentine coach had already anticipated such a scenario by training with ten to eleven prior to the first leg. ‘What not many people think about Simeone is that his hunch is always right,’ says Partey. ‘It is a privilege to have him as a coach. He really makes players better. ”
However, the red card from last week put Atletico Madrid saddled with a problem. Vrsaljko is obviously suspended Thursday night, but second choice Juanfran is not usable because of injuries. It is likely that Partey will be pulled back a line and act as an opportunity right back. Simeone himself will also have to sit in the stands because of his misconduct of last week, so assistant Mono Burgos will take the honors on Thursday-evening. It is his job to maintain the extremely strong home balance. Atletico Madrid already managed to keep the goal clean in all leagues in eleven home matches (ten victories and a draw). Also last weekend, visiting Alaves (0-1), the defense of Los Colchoneros again did not shrink. Incidentally, in that game goalkeeper Jan Oblak was taken out of precaution, but in the return against Arsenal he will undoubtedly stand under the bar again.
For Arsenal the season is hanging on a silk thread. The British knew this football season with only a sixth place no pots to break in the Premier League, so winning the Europa League is for them the very last chance to give itself yet a starting ticket for the Champions League. The failure of the lucrative European champions ball can have major consequences, especially in the long term, also because The Gunners were not there this season. Arsene Wenger, who recently announced after 22 years to leave at Arsenal, will still like to end his era in England positively by winning his very first European Grand Prix.
Winning in the Wanda Metropolitano, however, will be a tough job for Arsenal. It is already in May, but since the turn of the year the English managed to win only two away games. Last weekend it went wrong again, because on visits to Manchester United the capitals went down 2-1. Wenger was already at the time with his thoughts at Atletico Madrid-out, as he held on to Old Trafford tasters like Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi outside the base. Yet there is still some hope for the Arsenal fans, as the two victories of 2018 were both achieved in the Europa League against Östersunds (0-3) and AC Milan (0-2) respectively. Atletico Madrid is, however, a class better than the previous European opponents that hit the English.
Atl. Madrid vs Arsenal head to head matches
26.04.18 EL Arsenal Atl. Madrid 1 : 1
01.08.09 EMI Arsenal Atl. Madrid 2 : 1