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Arsenal fail to beat ten-man Atletico 0

Posted on April 26, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal could only muster a 1-1 draw against ten-man Atletico Madrid at the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League semi-final first leg, despite playing against ten men for over 80 minutes.

The Gunners had the first chance of the game on six minutes, as Alexandre Lacazette volleyed just wide of goal after good work from Danny Welbeck. Lacazette saw a header palmed away by Jan Oblak soon afterwards.

On ten minutes, Atletico were reduced to ten minutes as full-back Sime Vrsaljko received a second booking for a late challenge on Lacazette. Four minutes later Diego Simeone was sent to the stands after protesting one of the official’s decisions.

Simeone on Arsenal job and Wenger 0

Posted on April 26, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal play Atletico Madrid tonight at the Emirates, in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final. Since Arsene Wenger announced his departure from the club this summer, Atletico manager Diego Simeone has been on the media-drawn list of possible successors to the Frenchman.

The clash of the two teams is probably the best possible excuse to spark up a conversation on the subject, and Simeone spoke, very clearly:

“I have not spoken with anyone at Arsenal. I love it here at Atletico.”

Best betting odds for Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid 0

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Courtesy of bet365, we’ve picked out some of the best bets available ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Atletico Madrid tomorrow night. The game will undoubtedly see the two favourites to win the competition go head to head, and with only one spot in the final next month up for grabs, you can bet we’re going to witness a showcase from two of Europe’s most fascinating sides.

Arsenal v Atletico Madrid Europa League semi-final first leg preview 0

Posted on April 25, 2018 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal host Spanish club Atletico Madrid at the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League semi-final first leg.

Arsenal heads into this game on the back of a 4-1 home win over West Ham. It was the story of the Gunners season, as they dominated the home game, but on their travels, Arsene Wenger’s team have been woeful.

However, the team from north London have a strong record in the Europa League, winning eight of their last 12 games in Europe’s secondary competition. The Gunners have also won three of their last four European games, while also scoring at least two goals in their last four games in Europe.

How important would Diego Costa’s absence be? 0

Posted on April 20, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Rumours in football can either create excitement or dread, depending on the nature of the specific rumour. Thankfully for Arsenal fans, this specific ‘rumour’ is a little bit more substantial than most, with Daily Mirror reporting that Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa may not be fit for their UEFA Europa League semi-final first-leg game against Arsenal. Yes, it’s the same Diego Costa that once played for Chelsea and was vilified for being the sport’s equivalent of a supervillain.

Arsenal draw Atletico Madrid in Europa League semi-finals 0

Posted on April 13, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Arsene Wenger’s side will need to go down the hardest possible route in order to reach the UEFA Europa League Final, as they’ve been drawn to face Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals. The two teams have played each other once before, in a friendly back in 2009, which was won by the Gunners by a scoreline of 2-1.

Arsenal made Europa League semi-finals the hard way 0

Posted on April 13, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League after a 6-3 aggregate victory over Russian side CSKA Moscow. The aggregate score sounds highly convincing. However, in reality, it was until the last 15 minutes of the second leg that the Gunners sealed progress.

Arsenal made it difficult for themselves

The second leg in Moscow was never going to be easy, despite the fact that Arsene Wenger’s side won the home leg 4-1. For much of the contest, it looked like the Gunners would cruise through until 50th minute when CSKA Moscow took a two-goal lead on the night through Kirill Nababkin.

Arsenal linked with a move for Atletico ‘keeper 0

Posted on March 26, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Express, Arsenal and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head this summer to sign Atletico Madrid’s highly-rated goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The Slovenian international has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in European football in the past few seasons. The stopper has a release clause of £88million in his contract and Atletico are not likely to let him go without a fight.

On Arsenal’s wanted list

The Express claims that Oblak is on the wanted list of both London clubs as they look to add to their goalkeeping options. The Gunners are claimed to have scouted Oblak on a number of occasions.

Are Arsenal interested in Oblak? 0

Posted on March 18, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

The Express have quoted a report from Spanish newspapers AS that Arsenal are interested in bringing Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak to the Emirates this summer.

Petr Cech has often been criticized this season for some mistakes unusual for a ‘keeper of such class and experience, and the report suggests the Gunners are looking to solve the problem by bringing in the £88 million-rated Slovenian international.

Despite the criticism, Cech recently kept his 200th Premier League clean sheet – the first goalkeeper in the Premier League to do so, while David Ospina has put in a decent performance every time he was given a chance.

Hard to find positives for Arsenal at the moment 1

Posted on March 02, 2018 by David Nugent

On Thursday night, Arsenal suffered a second 3-0 defeat against Manchester City in less than a week. In all truth, it was not a surprising outcome, as Pep Guardiola’s side are by far the best team in the country.

Arsenal were simply not good enough to compete with the champions-elect. We knew that before kick-off. In fact, many people probably knew that before the start of the season.

Europa League the last salvation

However, the defeat means that the Gunners remain ten points behind fourth-place Tottenham. It is hard to see any positives at the minute for the Gunners. The team’s last salvation this season is the Europa League, a cup much maligned by many connected with Arsenal.



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