Arsenal have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League in the semi final after beating CSKA Moscow 6-3 on aggregate in the quarter final. They were not touted as early favourite in the competition until they realized reaching Champions League spot via league standing has become practically impossible.
The Europa League is Arsenal’s only hope to join other English team in the Champions League next season and they could draw inspiration from Man United’s last season’s feat. Their journey through the semi final has not really been difficult but we would not forget that they met and beat AC Milan home and away in the knockout stage.
Atletico Madrid looked one of the serious contenders for the Europa League title and this fixture promises to be an exciting one. Atletico Madrid currently stays ten points behind la liga leaders Barcelona, they have had a more improved league season despite a disappointing Champions League outing.
Chances of Arsenal reaching the final looks slim having being drawn against Atletico Madrid, but it’s not all about just Atletico Madrid. Marseille are also a very strong team, they did a very good job dumping out a stubborn Leipzig team. Also, Salzburg which happens to be the other team reaching the semi final shocked majority with their thrashing of Lazio, a team that has been free scoring all season.
If Arsenal could beat Atletico to reach the final, it may prove to be that season when Wenger is ready to reward the fans for their patience.
Do you see Arsenal winning the Europa League?