Arsenal’s biggest night in 12 years
Thursday night is going to be absolutely massive for all Arsenal fans.
Arsenal haven’t won a European trophy since 1994 when they beat Parma in the Cup Winners Cup final.
Since then, Arsenal have competed in 3 European finals, losing them all.
As if Thursday’s match wasn’t already huge, the Arsenal players know that if they lose, Arsene Wenger’s tenure at the club will end with a trophy-less season.
Can Arsenal win in Madrid?
It’s fair to say that Arsenal were unlucky in the first leg.
The Gunners were absolutely fantastic from start to finish and were denied countless times by the fantastic Jan Oblak.
Last Thursday, Atletico Madrid’s right back Sime Vrsaljko was sent off inside the first ten minutes before manager Diego Simeone was sent to the stands.
This week, the match will be officiated by Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi.
Rocchi has been the ref for 24 matches this season.
He has awarded 107 yellow cards, 7 red cards and 11 penalties.
Rocchi has officiated some huge matches this season including Real Madrid vs PSG, Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund and the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Manchester United.
The last time that Rocchi officiated one of Arsenal’s games, they lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich. (The first of the trio!)
Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal predictions
We already know how tough this game is going to be for Arsenal but we don’t know ‘which’ Arsenal will show up.
Arsenal have often crumbled under the pressure and lost big matches by big scorelines, especially away from home.
However, sometimes the players step up to the occasion and play the opposition off the park.
Atletico Madrid refuse to concede and Arsenal are going to find it very difficult to find a breakthrough but if they do, they could be heading to Lyon for the Europa League final.
As an Arsenal fan myself, I will be heading to Madrid tomorrow and you can watch my reactions live on the 101 Great Goals Facebook page.
Needless to say, I am not exactly full of confidence!