Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal: Live stream,Europa League semi-final
What happened in the first leg?
A late Antoine Griezmann goal denied Arsenal a first leg lead Credit: AP It ended 1-1 in a thrilling encounter at the Emirates. Sime Vrasljko was sent off in the 10th minute after getting two yellow cards before his manager Diego Simeone was sent to the stands by referee Clement Turpin for protesting the decision.
Despite this, Atletico defended resolutely and managed to reach half-time with scores level. Their resistance was eventually broken in the 61st minute when Alexandre Lacazette headed in from Jack Wilshere’s excellent cross. Laurent Koscienly failed to deal with a long ball late on and Antoine Griezmann captalised to give Atletico a crucial away goal and the advantage in the tie.
The Gunners will have to find a way to score against an Atletico Madrid defence that has conceded just four goals at home in La Liga this season.
Sime Vrasljko is suspended after his red card from the first leg. Diego Costa did not play in the first game but started at the weekend in Atletico’s win against Deportivo Alaves and is expected to start against Arsenal. Filipe Luis has been included in Atletico’s 18-man squad, the Brazilian has been out since March 15 due to a broken leg.
After playing several youngsters against Manchester United on Sunday, Wenger is expected to bring back his first-team regulars and revert to most of the the line-up which started in the first leg.
Midfielder Santi Cazorla trained on the pitch before the start off the first game, the Spaniard has not played since September 2016 due to an Achilles injury. Cazorla has had 10 operations in that time and was on the verge of retirement at one point after his ankle became infected during an operation. He is hopeful of appearing in Arsenal’s final three Premier League games.