3 Reasons why Arsenal could surprise Atletico Madrid in the Europa League
Arsenal will be hosting Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the semi final in the Europa League. Atletico will go into the match as favourites over the two legs to progress into the finals of the European Cup competition, which is generally looked upon as a burden rather than a privilege especially for elite clubs like the two in question who should really be plying their trade in Europe's most elite competition.
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But with the campaigns for both clubs petering out, the Europa league provides the perfect opportunity to give the fans something to cheer about.
Here, we take a look at three reasons why the Spanish side could be in for a surprise in the first leg of the semis.
#3 Arsenal will be in high-spirits following their demolition of West Ham just a few days ago
Arsenal struggled to break down the rigid West Ham defence as the West London side managed to keep the Gunners at arm's length right until the 82nd minute, following which the floodgates opened and the hosts ended up putting 4 past the Hammers on the night.
Aaron Ramsey located his golden touch, by scoring and assisting a goal each, lighting up the Emirates stadium on night of great significance for the club.
Lacazette meanwhile scored a much needed brace after he finally got to finish a game under Arsene Wenger, after regularly getting the hook in the second half of games.
Nacho Monreal meanwhile has been terrific all season long for the Gunners, building on his fast-growing reputation with the Arsenal faithful.
A lot of positives from the game against their derby rivals to be confident about. Maybe, just maybe, a renaissance is in the offing should the Gunners manage to edge out their biggest obstacle to European glory.