It is do or die for Arsenal in the Europa League as they must better Atletico Madrid to avoid ending Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign with a whimper.
A one-man advantage for the majority of the first leg was not capitalised upon and now the Gunners must become the first team to score at the Wanda Metropolitano in 12 games, a run stretching back to January across all competitions.
Win and Arsenal head into the final at Lyon as favourites, lose and Wenger – after his 250th game in European competition – will depart the Emirates Stadium after arguably the worst season of his entire tenure.
Arsenal are hopeful of including Henrikh Mkhitaryan (knee), Alex Iwobi (thigh),David Ospina (chest) and Sead Kolasinc (ankle) in the squad travelling to Madrid.
Mkhitaryan made a quicker-than-expected recovery to start – and score – against Manchester United and should start. Ospina in Arsene Wenger’s preferred cup goalkeeper.
Diego Costa started his first game for Atleti in three weeks at the weekend, though did not impress as Alves were beaten 1-0 on Sunday.
Atletico likely starting XI:
Oblak; Gimenez, Godin, Savic, Hernandez; Koke, Gabi, Saul Niguez, Correa; Costa, Griezmann
Arsenal likely starting XI:
Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey; Ozil, Mkhitaryan; Lacazette
This is going to be a tough match
Arsenal To Win @1.80