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Arsenal travel to Spain to face Atletico Madrid in a game that could prove to be pivotal in determining their season and Arsene Wenger’s quest for a European silverware and Champions League qualification.
The Gunners are languishing in the sixth position in Premier League with a top-four finish out of sight. They will enter the game on the back of a narrow league defeat against old rivals Manchester United.
At Old Trafford, Wenger fielded a relatively weak and inexperienced team but they showed great character until Marouane Fellaini scored in the dying minutes to snatch the game.
On the other hand, Diego Simeone’s side came up with a win over Alaves on Sunday. During the first leg of the semi-final at Emirates, Arsenal dominated both in terms of possession and attacking threat but lacked the end product.
Oblak also showed his brilliance between the sticks and frustrated the opposition. Atletico’s start to the game was catastrophic as Sime Vrsaljko was shown a red card in the ninth minute of the game. Simeone was also sent from the touchline by the referee after his outburst on the decision.
Atletico played the game on the back foot trying to keep themselves in the tie and managed to do it pretty well as Jan Oblak made a few stunning saves. A defensive error from Koscielny in the 81st minute allowed Antoine Griezmann to score a precious away goal.
Wenger rested many of his key players during the weekend. Mesut Ozil will have to play a key role in the second leg and show his creativity on the pitch. -FOTMOB