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Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid
UEFA Europa League Semifinal 1st Leg
Date: Thursday, 26th April 2018
Kick-off at 20:05 UK/ 21:05 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Arsenal go head-to-head with Atletico Madrid for the first time in Europe as teams look to finish their campaign with a silverware.
The Gunners will be keen to make home advantage count in this double legged tie as winning Europa League remains their only door to Champions League next season.
Meantime, pressure is little on the Madrid outfit as they are guaranteed a top four positions in La Liga and their route to Champions League is clear for the coming campaign.
Arsenal survived a scare in the quarter final second leg against CSKA despite carrying a 4-1 lead from the first leg. They were down by 2 goals inside the hour mark, but late strikes from Welbeck and Ramsey restored the lead in a 6-3 aggregate win.
Atletico were ever solid over the two legs against Sporting CP and saw through the tie with a 2-0 home and 1-0 away win to reach this far.
Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-head
Thursday mark the first competitive meeting between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.
The only meeting between the two sides I can recollect is a friendly at the Emirates in 2009 won by Wenger’s men on a 2-1 margin.
Arsenal Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Cech – Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin – Xhaka, Ramsey – Ozil, Wilshere, Welbeck – Lacazette.