Arsenal bid to outgun Atlético
Arsène Wenger went back to Madrid – in his own mind – when he was asked last week to reveal his most memorable European http://www.authenticnuggetstore.com/Kenneth_Faried_Jerseyresult with Arsenal. It came in February 2006, the manager said, in the Champions League last‑16 first leg, when his team outplayed a Real Madrid line-up that featured Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and the Brazilian Ronaldo to win 1-0. Thierry Henry scored the goal and it was the first time that an English side had beaten Real on their own ground. Arsenal completed the job with a 0-0 draw at Highbury and they advanced to the final, where they lost 2-1 to Barcelona – the greatest regret of Wenger’s near 22-year tenure. The Frenchman’s critics will note that it says a good deal about him that he has to retreat so far to find an authentic moment of greatness. It is one of the reasons why his time at the club is almost up. But what the Arsenal manager would give for a repeat of the scoreline on Thursday nightin a different part of the Spanish capital; the delight of upsetting the odds. Before the second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Atlético Madrid – the first match finished 1‑1 – it is clear that Wenger will need a similarly thrusting http://www.officialjazzshoponline.com/Jeff_Hornacek_Jerseyperformance and if his team do prevail, the result would be comparable with the one against Real. It would also stand the test of time because Diego Simeone’s Dante Fowler Jr Youth jersey Atlético side are such a fiendish proposition, even if the manager is banned from the touchline after his sending-off in the first leg. Arsenal have to score but their opponents have conceded only nine in 26 matches in all competitions at the Wanda Metropolitano, where they moved this season. They have also kept clean sheets in the previous 11 home games. At the other end Antoine Griezmann and the fit-again Diego Costa, who has previous for tormenting Arsenal, will be licking their lips in anticipation of getting at Wenger’s error-prone defence. “In history Costa has shown he can make differences,” Wenger said, with one of those rueful half-smiles. Arsenal’s fragility has been a talking point and it has been exemplified by their away form in 2018. They have lost seven and drawn one of their eight domestic away games, including an FA Cup third-round tie at Nottingham Forest, although they have roused themselves on their Europa League travels. They have to show overdue steel here. Wenger wants no more regrets and it will be a defining occasion on several levels. The 68-year-old’s desire to bow out from Arsenal with the first European trophy of his career is a compelling storyline and he offered the juiciest soundbite when he warmed to the theme. “I want to finish this love story well,” he said. Yet the club, who do actually pre-date Wenger, are hardly well-stocked with European honours. They have only two – the 1970 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup. Above all, it is a huge opportunity for them and that is before a potential Champions League qualification place is considered. Were Arsenal to triumph against Marseille or Red Bull Salzburg in the Lyon final on 16 May, they would return to Europe’s elite competition. “The next game is always the most important in life and this one influences the future of my club,” Wenger said. “The future of Arsenal is not exactly the same if we qualify for the Champions League or Matt Martin Youth jersey not. That’s why it’s a very, very big game for us.”http://chaoscrew.org/index.php?forum-showposts-14369
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