Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid Highlights: A review as Gunners stutter at their own backyard in the Europa Semi Final

Arsenal will face Madrid in the second leg next week.


Arsenal were held by a ten men Atletico Madrid at the Emirates on Thursday as it was 1-1 at the end of first leg and the Madrid side have a crucial away goal to their kitty to take away for the next leg.

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Team News:

Arsenal started David Ospina on goal while both Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil started for the Gunners, the German overcame his illness to start for the side. Alex Lacazette led their front line while Petr Cech started from the bench.

For the visitors, Diego Costa was on the bench and Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro were the front men while Diego Simeone opted for a four men defense.

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Arsenal had a great start to the game as Alex Lacazette struck the bar early, and the Gunners were handed more advantage when Atletico defender Vrsaljko was shown second yellow within the first ten minutes of the game and was given the marching orders. Arsenal had the upper hand and they played brilliantly, but were denied several times by Jan Oblak and it was all squares at the break.

The Gunners took the lead on the hour mark when Jack Wilshere’s floating cross was met by Lacazette and beat Oblak. They had numerous chances to increase the lead but the North London side were unable to count their opportunities, and paid the price. Laurent Koscielny made an error at the defense in attempt to clear the ball as it fell to Griezmann, whose shot was saved by Ospina but the rebound was put into the net by the Frenchman to make it all squares on the night and get a huge away goal for the Madrid side.

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Line Ups:

Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Xhaka, Wilshere; Welbeck, Ramsey, Ozil; Lacazette

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Gimenez, Godin, Hernandez; Correa (Savic), Partey, Koke, Niguez; Gameiro (Gabi), Griezmann (Torres)