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Arsene Wenger confirms big team news ahead of Arsenal’s Atletico clash

Uphill task

Arsene Wenger has confirmed one piece of team news ahead of their Europa League clash with Atletico Madrid on Thursday evening.

The Gunners face an uphill task when they travel to the Wanda Metropolitano this week trying to qualify for the Europa League final.

The scoreline on aggregate remains 1-1 after Antoine Griezmann scored a late goal to give themselves a pivotal away goal.

That goal could play a huge part in the game with the side having not conceded a goal in 13 games at home.

That means that all they need is a 0-0 and they will advance through to the final.

Team news

Ahead of the game, Arsene Wenger confirmed to the media that David Ospina will start in goal over Petr Cech.

The latter has been less than impressive anyway, but David Opsina is not an inspiring goalkeeper either.

He isn’t the only player that has been given some positive team news this week.

That is because it looks as though Diego Costa will start the game alongside Griezmann and Arsenal have never fared too well against him.

“In history, he has shown he can make differences,” Wenger explained in his press conference.

“It’s our job to keep him quiet, maybe the best way is to play in our half and not in the half of Atletico Madrid.”

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Troubles on the road

The French boss was also asked about the clubs troubles away from home in the Premier League this season.

With Arsenal needing a very big performance in Madrid tomorrow, they certainly need a good away performance.

Though, Wenger isn’t worried because it is only in the Premier League that they have struggled.

“In the Premier League yes, in Europe no,” he explained.

“We have neglected a bit recently the Premier League away from home.

“Tomorrow is a game you have to focus on your performance, that is all.”

 

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