Atletico Madrid play host to Arsenal in the semi final of the Europa league. With Arsenal needing at least 1 goal to get into the final of the competition the pressure is on for them to perform away from home.
The first leg tie at the Emirates ended in a 1-1 draw surprising after Sime Vrsaljko got sent off for a second yellow, just 10 minutes into the game. Arsenal dominated the attempts on goal, however were only able to successful hit the back of the net once. Arsenal continued to penetrate the Madrid defence, but were soon to be punished after Antoine Greizmann got to the ball after a Koscienly mistake.
Could this away goal be costly for the gunners?
Due to the away goals in this competition, if the score is 0-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano after full time, Atletico will proceed to the final of the competition. Arsenal’s last game resulted in a lost against 2nd place premier league side, Manchester United. Arsenal played a weakened side with a lot of younger players in the starting eleven. Mkhitaryan equalised for Arsenal, but then they were punished in injury time from a Marouane Fellaini injury time headed winner. This was a blow for the gunners however I have no doubt they will travel to Spain with fighting spirit and want to get the final of the completion more than ever.
Furthermore, Atletico Madrid’s most recent result was a 1-0 win over Spanish opponents Alaves. Kevin Gameiro slotted home a 78th minute penalty which sealed the game for 2nd place Atletico. Madrid have struggled in recent games in the Liga Santander, losing to the likes of Real Sociedad and also drawing against Real Betis. Will this effect them in this crucial tie for a place in the Europa league final?
Arsenal Injury update
Arsenal have few injuries however this should not effect them a lot in this tie. Mohamed Elneny and Santi Cazorla will not be involved in the tie due to injuries, both are still a few weeks away from action. Alex Iwobi, Ospina and midfielder Mkhitaryan have all trained leading up to this game and therefore have potential of starting. Furthermore Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is unable to play for Arsenal in this competition.
Atletico Madrid Injury update
On the other hand, Atletico could see a the return of Diego Costa to the competition. Costa took part for Madrid in their clash with Deportivo La Coruna over the weekend. Sime Vrsaljko will miss out this game due to the fact he received a red card in the first leg of the tie. Juanfran is also out of action with a hamstring injury. This game has the ability to be one of the best the completion has seen so far this season, with both teams looking to find the back of the net to seal the tie.
What time is Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal game and where to watch it?
Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal will kick off at 0:05pm UK time. You sure do not want to miss this one! Be here for 8:05pm and find the link to the game on our site.