Why Iwobi and his Arsenal side can beat Atletico in Spain
Europa League By: Ambrose Udeme | 03/05/2018
Arsenal, the lone English representatives in the UEFA Europa League knockout phase are unbeaten on their 2018 travels in Europe. They won four of their six autumn encounters to top Group H before knocking out European debutants Ostersund in the round of 32 then winning both legs against AC Milan – 2-0 in Italy and 3-1 in London.HOW IT CAN BE DONE Fast forward 12 years and Arsenal will need more of the same if they are to silence the Wanda and progress to their third European final under Wenger. Creating chances wasn't a problem in the first leg against a 10-man Atletico, but is unlikely to be so easy this time around against a side that have not conceded a goal in 11 games at home.Sime Vrsaljko’s suspension, combined with the absences of Juanfran and Filipe Luis through injury, means Atletico are without their three full-backs and these are loopholes Arsenal must exploit. Lucas Hernandez is a converted centre-back and will play on the left, while midfielder Thomas Partey is expected to fill in at right-back. Atletico’s defence remains very solid, but they’ll play without any natural full-backs. It is another sizeable mission in Madrid, but if Arsenal can summon the spirit of 2006, they can pull off another famous win.