Thierry Henry states his prediction for Atletico v Arsenal
The Arsenal legend explains what Arsene Wenger's men need to do to beat Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final on Thursday night
Thierry Henry has warned Arsenal that the Gunners will need to bring their “A game” to beat Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night.
The north London side were held to a 1-1 draw with 10-man Atletico in the first leg of their last four clash after Antoine Griezmann cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette’s second-half opener.
Arsenal suffered a 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday evening despite Henrikh Mkhitaryan getting on the score sheet against his former club after a January move to The Emirates.
The Gunners haven’t won a European trophy under Arsene Wenger ahead of the Frenchman’s departure at the end of the 2017-18 season.
The north London side are in sixth place in the Premier League table and three points ahead of Burnley in the English top flight.
Arsenal won’t finish in the top four given their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are 10 points ahead of Wenger’s men.
Former Gunners striker Henry offered some advice to Arsenal ahead of their return leg against Atletico in the Spanish media outlet on Thursday night.
“You almost have to play that perfect game [to win],” Henry told Sky Sports.
“Atletico Madrid didn’t concede a goal at their place in 13 home games, so it’s not going to be easy. And you need to score also.
“You can be encouraged by what you saw against Man United but those guys, are they going to play? It’s not going to be an easy one.
“Things can happen but you need to bring your A-Game and your guts – because if not, you’re not going to go through.”
Arsenal lost 2-1 to FC Barcelona in the Champions League final in 2006 following a penalty shootout loss to Galatasaray in the Uefa Cup final in 2000.