Now I am not saying that Arsenal will be in the Europa League final or that we are favourites to get past Atletico Madrid in Spain next week, but come on Gooners, some people are acting like we got a pasting. So here are some reasons to believe that we can make it to the Europa League final.
One thing that everyone can agree about the Arsenal v Atletico Madrid game is that it was an absolutely glorious chance for the Gunners to take a big hold of this Europa League semi-final, and not many would argue that we did not do it, but I’m sure that the debate about why is a bit more complicated.
How frustrating was that for Arsenal? We had a great chance against a 10 man Atletico Madrid side and produced enough chances to win 10 games but after taking the lead through Lacazette the Gunners gave up a soft as you like away goal to put us bang under pressure for the return leg.
It is almost time to find out whether the Arsenal team will step up to the plate after the announcement that ASrsene Wenger will be ending his long reign as manager of the Gunners, by giving Le Prof the send-off he deserves with a European trophy.
There have been many many rumours about who is set to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager next season, but as all the contenders have dropped by the wayside or admitted there had been no contact, it now looks like the only one really in the running is the ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.
Everybody has been saying that Atletico Madrid should be favourites to win this competition ever since they dropped out of the Champions League but I don’t think that they are going to be that hard to beat, as a long hard season is taking it’s toll on Diego Simeone’s side. Let’s look at their current form…
As you can see they played those six games over the course of just 17 days, and simply don’t have enough players to rotate so fatigue is affecting all areas. They have lost 3 of their last 4 away games as well so confidence could be low tonight (like Arsenal’s away form!). They still sit second in La Liga but Real Madrid are just 4 points behind and have a game in hand, so they can’t afford to rest any of their fit players.
Arsene Wenger is entering a crucial week in his efforts to leave Arsenal on a high, and we have the daunting task of two games against Atletico Madrid with a small visit to Old Trafford in between. Wenger has challenged his players to win every game from now to the end of the season, and the players have poured out their hearts and said they will do their utmost to give the boss a great send off.
Arsenal face a massive game tonight against Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Europa League, and all the players are promising to give their all for Wenger so we can send him off in style, but what if they let him down, as they have in so many games this season?