As we prepare to get knocked out of the Europa League by Atletico Madrid, there’s a few bits of team news ahead of the game tonight.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is in the squad after scoring and then limping out of the game against Manchester United at the weekend, but has travelled to Spain in yet another must win game. Or draw, we could also draw, so it’s a must win or draw game, or a don’t lose game, or a don’t draw 0-0 game, anyway, you get the idea with that one.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that David Ospina will be in goal for the clash, despite Petr Cech retaining is fitness after missing a couple of recent games.
As you know, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains cup-tied and it looks like Elneny will miss most of the rest of the season injured, and despite the news earlier in the week that Santi could be back soon, it looks like this game is too soon for the Spanish midget.
The game is finely poised at 1-1 after we bottled our chance to put the game out of reach last week against ten men, and we also have the added bonus that the Spanish Didier Drogba, Diego Costa is now fit for the game.
The winner of the game will earn a place in the final in Lyon on May 16, with Marseille 2-0 up against Red Bull Salzburg in the the other semi-final, which also kicks off at 20:05 UK time tonight (Thursday).
The dream scenario for Arsene Wenger would be to finish his Arsenal career on a high in his homeland against Marseille with a win for Arsenal, but I’m sure Costa, Simeone and co. will have other ideas on that one.