Alexandre Lacazette was given a rest today at Man United to keep him fresh for Thursday’s big game, but he has been in splintering form since he came back from injury and has scored in nearly every game. Jack Wilshere thinks that the French striker will be Arsenal’s key man in the return leg against Atletico Madrid. “Alex has been great since he came back,” Wilshere said.
Although Wenger has given many of Arsenal’s top players the weekend off to have a rest ahead of our Europa League semifinal showdown against Atletico Madrid on Thursday, I still think he can field a reasonably strong side this afternoon.
this is the line-up I predicted earlier….
So Arsene Wenger’s record 60th against Man United is coming up this afternoon and it is obvious that Arsenal are only thinking about Thursday’s game in Madrid. In a game we were never expected to win, wenger has taken a big risk by leaving out Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Alexandre Lacazette, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal from the squad and is intent on giving some of his youngsters a run out.
As Arsenal prepare to face Atletico Madrid in the crucial Europa League semi-final next Thursday, Arsene Wenger has admitted that as there is “not much at stake” in our Premier League games he will use the opportunity to give some of our up-and-coming youngsters some top-class experience at Old Trafford. Man United are extremely short favourites so Arsenal were unlikely to win even with our first team, but with reserves playing I am going to bet on United to win by two goals at better than even money, and if I use this ComeOn bonus code I can even back them using the bookies own money. This looks like an extremely good bet after Wenger confirmed that he will be resting his top players for the big game in Madrid on Thursday.
Arsene Wenger is set to face Jose Mourinho on Sunday for the last time as Arsenal manager, but he faces a big dilemma as to whether to try and beat his biggest rival, or keep his eye on the main prize, i.e. the Europa League second leg on Thursday.
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.
There is the age-old discussion about whether Arsenal should play their very best team when they face Atletico Madrid over the two legs of the Europa League semi-final, with the first one coming tomorrow night at the Emirates. The Gunners will need to take a reasonable win from this one before going over to Madrid for the fiery second leg.