Arsene Wenger previews Atletico Madrid v Arsenal
Arsene Wenger looks ahead to Arsenal's trip to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League next week
Arsene Wenger has declared that Arsenal have nothing to lose as they prepare for their trip to Atletico Madrid next week.
Arsenal were pegged back and held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday night last week at The Emirates.
Alexandre Lacazette had headed the Gunners into the lead against 10-man Atletico but the Spanish giants equalised when Antoine Griezmann fired home for the visitors late on.
The result leaves the semi-final tie finely poised ahead of the return leg in Spain next week, and Wenger believes that his side now have nothing to lose as they bid to try and book their place in the final against either Marseille or Salzburg.
Speaking at his post-match news conference on Thursday night, Wenger said: “The only advantage of that result is we know exactly what we have to do over there.
“We have nothing to lose. We have to go there and really play to win the game.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal are currently preparing for their trip to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners are in sixth place in the table and set to miss out on a top-four finish for the second campaign running.