A Low Scoring Game On The Agenda As Arsenal Host Atletico Madrid In The Europa League

Thursday 26th April 2018, 7.45pm - Arsenal v Atletico Madrid (Emirates Stadium)

So it’s come to this. After 22 years, Arsene Wenger has announced that he’s finally leaving Arsenal and, disregarding the fervent acrimony that has punctured his tenure over the past decade, most romantics will want him to make his way to the Europa League Final in Lyon in May for a shot at a last piece of silverware, and his first in Europe.

  • Arsenal have won seven of their last nine matches in all competitions

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Before they even consider this however, Arsenal welcome Atletico Madrid to the Emirates in Thursday night’s Europa League Semi-Final tie.

Whilst Atletico are favourites to take the overall tie, due to their incredible form at the Wanda Metropolitano, Arsenal are slight favourites to win at the Emirates at best 13/8 with Betfred. A high-scoring game is not expected, and Arsenal are on a good run of form: they have won four of their last five Premier League games, and seven of the past nine in all competitions.

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When one examines this season’s statistics, Arsenal are the best performing team in the competition; winning the most games, scoring the most goals- both cumulatively and per game- to garner the best overall goal difference out of any side to feature.

Atletico are are a different proposition with a notoriously tough defence organized imperiously by manager Diego Simeone. While Arsenal will want to create many chances and take a home leg advantage, they will almost be certainly be stifled. Under 2.5 goals is 8/11 with bet365. For those expecting it to be even tighter but on the fence about in whose favour the match will swing, both bet365 and betfair are offering 9/4 for Under 1.5.

Aaron Ramsey has scored four in his last four Europa League matches for Arsenal, and collected a goal and assist in the Premier League fixture against West Ham at the weekend.

The Welshman to continue his run and score with an Arsenal win is 5/1 with BoyleSports. Summer signing Alexandre Lacazette has scored 80% of his goals at home this season and has gone someway to recapture his sparkling start of the season form, with six in his last four games. He is at 15/8 with Paddy Power to score anytime. With an Arsenal win this goes out to 3/1.

Anticipating a bore draw and backing No Goalscorer, Betfred offer best at 9/1 but perhaps better is to suggest only one team to get a goal, with Bet Victor at 21/20. Backing a draw at Half-Time with Arsenal to win in 90 is best 5/1 with Paddy Power, and for Atletico 6/1 with betfred.

Typical villain of the piece Diego Costa’s absence through injury will be welcomed by Arsenal. Fernando Torres or Kevin Gameiro should line up alongside apparent want-away Antoine Griezmann instead in the starting Atletico attacking line. The Frenchman is shortest to score first of any player at 9/2 (bet365).

There are certain injury concerns for Los Rojiblancos, with starting right-back Juanfran out after suffering a hamstring injury in their La Liga game against Real Betis. Croatian right back Sime Vrsaljko is expected to start alongside Diego Godin and Stefan Savic.

David Dein has described Wenger’s departure to be like ‘a star has dropped out of the sky’ and while this has dived right into the hyperbolic, a classic performance in his final European game at the Emirates will go into further to cement his legacy.

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Posted: Wednesday, 25th April 2018
Author: Jack Porter

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