Semi final Europe League today on 27 april 2018 , arsenal vs Atletico Madrid.
The Europa League semifinals start on Thursday, and the big matchup is Arsenal vs. Atletico Madrid will see its first leg played at the Emirates in London.
Here’s how you can watch the match, what’s on the line and our prediction:
s cup runs go, Arsenal’s path to the Europa League semi-finals has been more than a little favourable.
AC Milan and CSKA Moscow each posed a threat of their own but Arsenal saw off both without needing to be at their best. In the competition’s final four, however, Atletico Madrid provide Arsene Wenger with one of the toughest tests European football has to offer.
Atletico are the bookies’ favourites and have bags of European pedigree, but there are also plenty of reasons for Arsenal to be optimistic they can upset the odds.
Reasons to be cheerful
The home leg
It has been a mixed season for Arsenal, split fairly evenly between home and away matches. On home soil, few have been able to match.
What’s at stake?
An advantage in the first leg, where Arsenal’s goal is to not concede and Atletico’s goal is to at least find the net once.
Atletico Madrid gets a fantastic draw with goals on the road, putting the team on the brink of advancing to the final.
Atletico 1, Arsenal 1.
Arsenal head into their Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid tonight knowing it will be Arsene Wenger’s last chance of winning a European trophy with the north London club.
Wenger shocked the footballing world on Friday by announcing his decision to leave Arsenal at the end of the current season, despite having another year left to run on his contract.
The news may well galvanise the Gunners ahead of a tough tie against Atletico, but Diego Simeone’s side will be in no mood to let Wenger bow out on a high as the Spanish side seek European redemption after two Champions League final defeats against rivals Real in the last four seasons.
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Arsenal host Atletico Madrid at the Emirates Stadium, London, with kick-off scheduled for 8:05pm tonight.