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.
As we approach Arsenal’s big-time showdown with CSKA Moscow on Thursday night, it’s time to take a look at some of the best bets and odds available to Gunners fans out there courtesy of bet365. The game, which will be a UEFA Europa League quarter-final first-leg tie, holds a massive amount of potential for Arsene Wenger’s men as they’ll be attempting to really lay down a marker prior to the second leg over in Russia.
It’s no secret that they’re making this competition their priority, and that’s the smartest possible thing they can do right now. Manchester United did the same thing, which is the reason why they were able to compete in the Champions League throughout the 2017/18 season.
As reported by Metro, Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey will be making their return to the starting XI tomorrow night in what can only be described as a season-defining game against AC Milan.
The Gunners head into this two-legged tie off the back of four consecutive defeats, knowing that an exit from the Europa League would likely sign the death warrant on Arsene Wenger’s two-decade tenure as manager. It’ll be all hands on deck during the first leg to ensure that they get off to a flying start, as the Frenchman attempts to win European silverware for the first time with the club.
Arsene Wenger is set to be given another touchline ban (the third in a year!) by UEFA for his rant at the Slovenian referee Skomina after Arsenal’s Champions League exit on Tuesday night.
He also made his feelings clear in his post-match comments when he said: I was not happy with the referee tonight because I felt he gave many free kicks in the middle of the park. Every time MIlan’s players went down a free kick was given to them, and they sensed that very quickly and used it very well.”