Arsenal need to get by resilient Atletico to give Wenger best send-off

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Picture: Mike Hewitt.

What’s at stake?

A spot in the final of the UEFA Europa League in Lyon is at stake for these two big clubs. Arsenal haven’t reached an UEFA final since losing to Barcelona in the Champions League Final in 2006. Atletico Madrid are looking to reach their third Europa League Final and their sixth UEFA final since 2010.

Who’s in form?

Atletico Madrid beat Alaves 1-0 on the weekend thanks to a Kevin Gameiro penalty as they close in on second place in La Liga. Arsenal lost on Sunday at Old Trafford against Manchester United 2-1 with a rotated side. In the Europa League this season, Madrid are unbeaten at home since joining the the competition in the knockout round and haven’t conceded a goal. Arsenal only have one away loss in six this season in the competition, but haven’t won in Spain in their last six attempts.

Head to head?

The last and only meeting between the two sides was last week at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg when Antoine Griezmann’s crucial away goal put Atletico in the drivers’ seat for the second leg.

Team news?

Atletico will be without Sime Vrsaljko after his red card just 10 minutes into the first leg and Diego Simeone will be suspended from the sideline after being sent to the stands last week.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to play a part in the game after starting against his old team Manchester United on Sunday and scoring. Arsene Wenger will be coaching in his 250th UEFA club match.

When, where, and how can you watch?

Kick-off is at 3:05 p.m. on Thursday afternoon at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid and will be televised on TSN.

 

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