Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid, Europa League semi-final

Apr 28, 2018, 10:57
Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid, Europa League semi-final

The north London side are now in sixth place in the Premier League table, so their best hope of qualifying for the Champions League will be to win the Europa League this term.

But can winning three major trophies in the past four years truly be classed as ossification?

"I'm happy now we can all talk about his legacy and let's not forget that we still have to win the Europa League", said Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer Thierry Henry on the day Wenger announced his departure.

During his reign at Atletico, he has taken the club to a La Liga title and two Champions League finals; despite lacking the financial power of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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But Simeone expects Costa, who scored three goals in six Chelsea appearances against the Gunners, hopes to have the Spain global fit for the home leg.

"Let's not get lost in celebrating the end of his era".

Oblak was asked directly if he could leave the capital club this summer and he insists his only focus was on finishing the season strongly with Diego Simeone's side.

Arsenal beat West Ham 4-1 at the Emirates on Sunday in the first game since Wenger's announcement that he would be stepping down after 22 years of service.

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Atletico will play Arsenal at the Emirates on Thursday night, before welcoming the London side to Spain for the return leg the following week, as both sides bid for a place in the final against the victor of the clash between RB Salzburg and Marseille.

The hosts are likely to need to feed off some positive energy from the stands to build a lead to take to Madrid in a week's time against European specialists Atletico.

Diego Costa has been included in Atletico Madrid's squad for Thursday's semi-final first leg against Arsenal, despite concerns he would miss the clash through injury.

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