Ex-Chelsea star to miss Arsenal Europa League tie

Lynette Rowe
April 24, 2018

We made important changes and the players responded, I had to rotate to ensure we had fresh players.

The Europa League is Arsenal's only hope of securing silverware this season. But Neville believes that Simeone would be the ideal fit for Arsenal.

Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran is set to miss both legs of the club's Europa League semi-final tie with Arsenal because of a hamstring injury.

Speaking on the latest La Liga weekly podcast, Gibson said: "Whereas there will be open and entertaining games between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and Liverpool and Roma (in the Champions League), I'm not so sure there will be at the Emirates".

However, Simeone is confident the former Chelsea striker will be fit by the time the two teams resume battle in Europe on May 3.

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says the players are focused on winning the Europa League as well as their four remaining Premier League games to give manager Arsene Wenger the flawless send-off. But I dispute that strongly. The Arsenal way has changed over the years, and it wouldn't be ridiculous to suggest the new Arsenal way can be a little more pragmatic than the current team. Simeone is a victor, a fighter, he will culturally change everything.

"Do you not think they know who the next manager will be, [Ivan] Gazidis?"

Simeone has certainly proven he is a fantastic manager.

Atletico Madrid have played out a goalless draw with Real Betis at the Wanda Metropolitano this evening to leave Barcelona on the brink of the La Liga title. "So I wouldn't throw everything at it if I was Arsenal because Atletico are more than capable of picking them off and getting an away goal".

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