Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal, the deciding 2nd leg UEL Semifinal will be played on Thursday 3rd of May, at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. This post includes a match preview, statistics and best odds for Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal.
Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal, the only chance for either side to bring in any silverware this season. For Atletico Madrid it’s JUST that. For Arsenal though, this is their only chance to qualify for Champions League, as the top 4 finish in Premier League have slipped away from them, for the 2nd season in a row. Arsenal and their fans really feel sick about the 1st leg at Emirates. They played a whole 80 minutes with 1 man more on the pitch, well two if you count in the French referee. Sime Vrsaljko was shown two yellow cards in 9 minutes from the kick-off, Diego Simeone was thrown out in the aftermath as well.
Not only did Arsenal fail to take advantage of the extra man on the field for nearly 80 minutes, they allowed Atletico Madrid to score the crucial away goal. Meaning, one of the best defenses of last 5 years, will only have to protect their goal in order to advance. Not the best scenario for Arsenal. Arsenal do have firepower, no doubt, but their defense is frail at best. Meaning, the possibility of a counter attack is always there when they have to keep pushing for a goal. If they do however manage to get an early goal, it’s a whole new ballgame from that point on. In a way, i hope that’s the case, just to make the match that much more interesting.
Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal could have, or should have been the final. To be honest, either Marseille or Red Bull Salzburg doesn’t seem that threatening for either side at the Final. Marseille looks to be the team who will face the winner of this tie, as RB Salzburg offered very little in the 1st leg.
Another interesting sub-plot in Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal, is that this just might be Arsene Wenger’s last UEFA competition match. It will definitely be his last or second to last UEFA competition match with Arsenal. But even if the man says he’s going to keep managing, he also says he would like to take a break from the game for the first time in 40 years.
The tone has changed with Arsenal fans, as well as opposing managers with how they see him now, after the announcement of him retiring as Arsenal manager was published. He has gotten the reception he deserves, from the Arsenal fans as well as other managers and even opposing team fans. With Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson handing him a memorial trophy ahead of their weekend PL match on Sunday. The Manchester United supporters also joined in with a round of applause, a nice touch. Thursday’s Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal match will be the 250th UEFA competition match for Arsene Wenger, that’s a number that demands respect. It will be interesting to see who greets Wenger from Atletico side, as Simeone might be in the stands following his antics last Thursday.
Another man of the hour, who might make his last UEFA appearance, is Fernando Torres. He’s set to leave Atletico at the end of the season, and if Atletico doesn’t advance to the final, this match will almost definitely be his last ever European appearance.
Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal starting lineup’s
- Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Lucas, Godin, Gimenez, Partey; Koke, Gabi, Saul, Vitolo; Griezmann, Diego Costa.
- Arsenal: Ospina; Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin; Wilshere, Xhaka, Ramsey; Wellbeck, Lacazette, Özil.
Few surprises in the starting lineup’s; Thomas PArtey taking the place of suspended Sime Vrsaljko instead of Juanfran. But he played well in the 1st leg as he moved down from midfield to RB position once Vrsaljko was thrown out. German Burgos is in the Atletico Madrid dugout instead of suspended Diego Simeone. From Arsenal, Henrkih Mkhitaryan starts on the bench, as Danny Wellbeck takes his place. That seems like a mistake, remains to be seen.
Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal statistics
- This is the 2nd ever official match between the sides, the 1st leg was the first ever.
- The 1st leg ended 1-1, giving Atletico the advantage in terms of away goals.
- Atletico Madrid has won last 4 Europa League matches at home, conceding 0 goals in the process.
- Atletico Madrid are yet to concede a goal in Europa League at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
- The only home loss at Wanda Metropolitano in UEFA competitions, came against another London club, Chelsea.
- That defeat against Chelsea is their only loss in last 17 UEFA competition home matches, winning 13 and drawing 3 times.
- Atletico Madrid record vs English teams in UEFA competitions after 28 matches is; 10W, 6L, 12D.
- Atletico Madrid has won 7 out of 9 two-legged UEFA ties vs English opponents.
- Arsenal record vs Spanish opponents in UEFA competitions after 32; 10W, 14L, 8D.
- Arsenal are undefeated away from home in Europe this season.
- This is the 19th season in a row, where Arsenal have advanced to the knockout stages in UEFA competitions.
- Arsenal has won 5 out of 9 two-legged UEFA ties vs Spanish opponents, though they have lost the last 3 on the run.
- Arsenal has won 5 out of the 6 UEFA semifinal tie’s they have been involved with.
- Despite reaching 5 UEFA finals, they have never won an European title.
- Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal 2nd leg UEL semifinal kick-off 20.05 on Thursday 3rd of May.
Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal odds
- Betsson odds: Atletico Madrid 1.81, draw 3.75, Arsenal 4.90
- NordicBet odds: Atletico Madrid 1.81, draw 3.75, Arsenal 4.90
- Unibet odds: Atletico Madrid 1.80, draw 3.60, Arsenal 4.80
- William Hill odd: Atletico Madrid 1.75, draw 3.60, Arsenal 4.80
Best odds at the time of writing(Updated Thursday 18.00): Best odds for Atletico Madrid victory are offered by William Hill. Best odds for a draw are offered by Betsson, NordicBet and Unibet. Best odds for Arsenal victory are offered by Betsson and
NordicBet. Best odds for all 3 mark’s, 2 hours before kick-off are offered by Betsson and NordicBet.
Me personally, I don’t think that Arsenal can pull off a victory at Wanda Metropolitano, nope. But one thing even i could bet on, despite thinking that away victory is unlikely if not impossible, is the outright winner bet. Given the odds for Arsenal are 5.10 at Betsson, almost as high as the away victory odds. And a 2-2 draw would take them to a final, in other words; Despite not winning the match, they could reach the final and be an overwhelming favourite vs either Marseille or Salzburg. Those 5.10 odds for outright winner will look like an absolute overkill IF that happens. Obviously if Arsenal reaches the final, those odds will come crashing down to, say 1.25-1.35 or so.
Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal, have potential to be one hell of a football match, given the circumstances going into the 2nd leg. It might actually compete with the Champions League semis; Real Madrid vs Bayern and AS Roma vs Liverpool for entertainment value.