It is probably the biggest fixture of the Europa League this season, as Arsenal are set to face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals as two of the European giants will face foes but only one will go-ahead into the Finale at Lyon.
It will be Arsene Wenger’s last season at Arsenal and the gunners are motivated to give #LeProfesseur the perfect send off.
When and Where?
The first leg will be hosted by The Emirates on 26 April, 20:05 BST.
Arsenal will miss the services of Henrikh Mkhitartan, who suffered a knee ligament damage against CSKA Moscow in the quarter finals of Europa League. The Armenian superstar has returned to full training ahead of time, but Arsene Wenger confirmed that Thursday will be too early for his involvement.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will miss another big European night with Arsenal as the Gabonese is cup tied in the Europa League this season.
Mesut Ozil missed Arsenal’s 4-1 win over West Ham at the weekend due to illness. He is doubtful to take field for the Gunners in the first leg.
Jack Wilshere is back and running after a small niggle and is expected to start on Thursday.
Mohamed Elneny will probably miss out on both the legs after landing inappropriately against West Ham. Many fear it will end his season, but first reports are positive.
Diego Costa is unlikely to feature in the first leg as manager Diego Simeone confirmed his doubt about Costa’s involvement.
“The doctors will keep us informed, but I think it’s unlikely that he’ll play on Thursday,” Simeone said, via Marca.
“He’ll be back for the second leg, but I don’t think he’ll have a chance for the first.”
Filipe Luis and Juanfran are also likely to miss out on the semis with broken leg and through injury respectively.
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