Arsenal given major injury boost ahead of Atletico Madrid clash

Atletico Madrid have decided to charge Arsenal fans £79 for their tickets to watch second leg

Diego Costa has been named in the Atletico Madrid squad for the first leg of the Europa League semi-final against Arsenal following concerns over a hamstring injury.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not recover from a knee injury in time to feature in the Gunners' crucial first leg tie of their Europa League semifinal against Atletico Madrid with Mesut Ozil also a potential doubt.

"That will be the same Atletico we see on Thursday but, of course, they have the quality and swift counter-attacking play to hurt Arsenal - Kevin Gameiro was on the bench as well last night which suggests he might play alongside Antoine Griezmann". In fact, backing the Gunners to get a win to nil offers great value for tipsters, as well as a victory of any score for Arsenal.

Some are keen to see Simeone join the club after proving his credentials as a manager, but others are unsure due to his negative style of football.

However, a 19-year run in Europe's premier club competition came to an end this season and Arsenal's only chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League is by winning the Europa League.

"I'm slightly concerned about Atletico".

"Season after season he has challenged, not just in the Champions League but in La Liga too, with a team that has a big budget but nowhere near that of Barcelona and Real Madrid", said Neville.

"I guess a reason why they didn't look at their best against Betis at the weekend was because Antoine Griezmann was on the bench, Koke was on the bench, Diego Godin was on the bench".

Simeone is quoted as saying by Metro: "The doctors will inform us but I think it won't be possible for him to be ready for Thursday's game".

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