Frank Lampard names five Arsenal stars who need to perform v Atletico Madrid
The Chelsea FC legend names five Arsenal stars who need to turn up against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final on Thursday night
Frank Lampard has warned Arsene Wenger that his big-name Arsenal stars need to perform if the Gunners are going to beat Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final on Thursday night.
The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw with los Rojiblancos in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final last week despite Atletio having a man sent off in the opening 10 minutes.
France international Alexandre Lacazette broke the deadlock for the home side to put them in charge of the tie before his compatriot Antoine Griezmann levelled for 10-man Atletico in the final 10 minutes.
Arsenal are in sixth spot in the Premier League table and won’t finish in the top four for the second successive season to leave the Gunners facing another campaign without Champions League football.
However, the north London side can still qualify for the Champions League next term if Arsenal manage to beat Atletico and win the Europa League final against Red Bull Salzburg or Marseille.
Former Chelsea FC star Lampard named five Arsenal players who need to turn up if the Gunners are going to have a shot at beating Atletico in the Spanish capital on Thursday night.
“Arsenal have individual quality but it’s up to them to be at the right level to do it,” Lampard told the Evening Standard.
“They need to salvage the season and the big names in that team must perform — the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck. The attacking players have to come up trumps.
“Of course its a collective thing, but you need one of your star men to deliver and get at least one goal. They have to be a lot more clinical than last week. I don’t think winning the competition will have an impact on who they can attract to replace Arsene Wenger as manager in the summer. They are a big club and a huge draw anyway.”
Arsenal lost 2-1 to FC Barcelona in the Champions League final in 2005.