Tonight sees Arsenal in their first European semi-final since 2009, with the team against notable opposition in Atletico Madrid. Fortunately for the Gunners, the Spanish team aren’t in the best of form currently; with just three wins in their last eight games. However, Wenger’s side mustn’t underestimate a team with the likes of Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann.
There are some big decisions for Arsene Wenger to make, in what will be his last home European match at the club. David Ospina has been the cup keeper but started in Arsenal’s last home game against West Ham. With Petr Cech having lots of European experience both with Arsenal and Chelsea, there might be a temptation to start him instead.
Next up, the formation. Will the manager go with a back three or four? It’s likely he’ll stick with the back four that he’s been playing in the most recent games and which he’s most suited too, with Mustafi and Koscielny being the most likely pair to start.
Mohammed Elneny is still out injured, meaning that another big decision will have to be made in the middle. Jack Wilshere is most likely to take his place, even though the player might not be wearing red next season and has been struggling with fitness as of late there doesn’t seem many alternatives.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible to play in the European competition, it means that we’ll see a front three of Welbeck, Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.
Although it will be a tough test for the Arsenal players, they all seem to be up for it. When asked if the players were hoping to win the competition Welbeck responded that he wanted to win the competition before the manager announced and that it was still his intention. This will certainly be Arsenal’s biggest game of the season, with a solid win laying the foundations for the second leg and hopefully a European final, we can all dream…