Arsenal will go head to head against Atletico Madrid in the semi final of Europa League. It will be more of a battle between Atletico Madrid’s defense and Arsenal’s start studded attacking threats.
The Gunners must have to win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League in the next season as their hope of finishing in the top four in Premier League is almost over. On the other hand, for Atletico Madrid it’s all about their pride.
Arsenalcore will analyse one of the key battles of the fixture, two of the most prolific centre forwards in the game as of now – Antoine Griezmann and Alexandre Lacazette.
Alexandre Lacazette :
Alexandre Lacazette was in fine form for the Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyon last season. He has taken some time to accommodate in Arsenal’s squad in the first half of the season.
Winter signing Pierre Emerick ‘Batman’ Aubameyang is not available for European competition this season. It will be a golden chance for Lacazette to prove himself at the big stage with tge Gunners.
Lacazette has found his goal scoring system back after Arsenal’s match against CSKA Moscow in the Europa League.
Lacazette’s anchor play will be be vital against Atletico Madrid. His finishing ability is one of the key strengths of his game-play. His ball control ability is certainly better than most of the players in the Premier League.
Alexandre Lacazette has scored 13 goals in 30 matches so far in the Premier League. Lacazette has also assisted 3 for the Gunners this season.
His passing accuracy is decent enough as a centre forward. His dribbling success is also keeping him ahead of many players of his age.
Alexandre will be keen to prove himself against Atletico Madrid to strengthen his position in the Arsenal side. He will be keen to take his team to the final of the Europa League.
Antoine Griezmann :
Antoine Griezmann is currently considered as one of best forwards in the World football. He is teammate to Alexandre Lacazette in the French National side and are besties off the pitch.
Griezmann can play not only as a centre forward but also as a withdrawal forward. He can also be deployed at the wings.
Griezmann’s positioning sense has kept him ahead of the other players of this era. His anchor play is going to be vital for Atletico Madrid in this match. His finishing technique is one of the key strengths of his game-play. He has scored 19 goals in 30 matches so far in the La Liga. Griezmann has also assisted 8 goals this season.
Griezmann’s presence in the field will surely give the whole team a lot of confidence. Atletico Madrid will mostly rely on their defense against the Gunners. So, the Madrid outfit will be keen to get a goal from the counter attacking opportunities they will get.
Antoine Griezmann will be the main man upfront for Atletico Madrid with Diego Costa missing out due to injury.