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Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid: Prediction
Arsenal look ever solid while playing at their own turf and not many teams denied them full points at this venue. I am aware that the likes of Mesut Ozil and Wilshere are unavailable for this tie, but this may not make a big difference in their performance at the Emirates.
Meantime, Atletico are a shadow of their own from previous seasons and their strong area of play which used to be their defense is often breached, especially by lower ranked La Liga sides in away games.
Therefore, I see an Arsenal win here, but expect both teams to get on the score sheet.
Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid: Team News and Predicted Starting Line-ups
Arsenal Team News
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not eligible to play for Arsenal in UEFA competitions this season having already played for Dortmund in the Champions League.
El Neny and Santi Cazorla and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are the players confirmed to be in the sidelines for the Gunners.
While Wenger remains positive on the fitness reports of Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere, yet this will be a call made closer to the kick-off.
Arsenal Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Cech – Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin – Xhaka, Ramsey – Ozil, Wilshere, Welbeck – Lacazette.
Atletico Madrid Team News
The injury to Diego Costa is a huge blow to Ateltico’s chances in this tie.
The full-backs Felipe Luis and Juanfran are the only other casualties in the Rojiblancos squad.
Atletico Madrid Predicted Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Oblak – Vrsaljko, Gimenez, Godin, Lucas – Koke, Saul, Thomas, Correa – Gameiro, Griezmann.