Arsenal given major injury boost ahead of Atletico Madrid clash

To do so, though, Wenger will need to achieve something that he couldn't even manage in his peak years in charge - win a European trophy.

Speaking on the latest La Liga weekly podcast, Gibson said: "Whereas there will be open and entertaining games between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and Liverpool and Roma (in the Champions League), I'm not so sure there will be at the Emirates".

Spain worldwide Costa has been influential for Atletico on his return to the club, but he will likely not take part in the game in London after picking up a hamstring injury against Sporting Lisbon in the previous round of the Europa.

"Arsenal will have to be aware of not giving the ball away cheaply due to the threat of Atletico Madrid; when they win the ball back quickly with the pace they've got in attack. It would be an awesome achievement and Arsene never won in Europe before so it would be a great way to give him a good exit".

But Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis insisted there will be "an electric atmosphere" on Thursday night with far more at stake for the club. "That's hard, and you need a special type of manager to do that".

Cristian Tello hit the post for Betis, while Saul struck the crossbar for second-placed Atletico.

The Gunners will be aiming to take control of the tie at home on Thursday in the Europa League semi-final 1st leg and tipsters from the award-winning bettingexpert, are bringing All Arsenal readers completely free Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid tips and predictions ahead of this unmissable clash.

And Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has revealed that Costa is unlikely to be fit for Thursday's first leg, although he does harbour hope of him being ready for the return clash in Spain.

Costa scored four goals in six previous appearances against Arsenal in three years at Chelsea.


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