Arsene Wenger told how Arsenal can beat Atletico Madrid

Luis Garcia believes Arsenal need to keep the ball to have any hope of beating Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Luis Garcia believes the key to Arsenal beating Atletico Madrid will be the Gunners’ ability to keep the ball in the Europa League semi-finals at The Emirates on Thursday night.

The Gunners booked their place in the last four of the competition thanks to Arsenal’s comfortable 4-1 win over Russian side CSKA Moscow after a 3-1 victory over Serie A giants AC Milan in the last 16.

However, Arsenal will come up against their toughest opponents in the Europa League so far when La Liga giants Atletico make the trip to the English capital on Thursday night.

The Gunners need to win the Europa League to be assured of a place in the Champions League next season given their poor form in the Premier League.

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and a long way behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot.

Atletico are the only team left in the Europa League that have previously won the competition.

Former Liverpool FC star Garcia explained that Arsenal will need to retain possession to have any hope of beating Diego Simeone’s impressive team.

“I was checking some of the stats and Arsenal are the top team passing-wise,” Garcia told BetStars.

“I think with the quality of players they have, they know how to do it. Up front trying to manage the tempo of the team and the game, always keeping the ball. For Atletico Madrid it will be hard to deal with that because that will mean that they will have to run a lot more without the ball.”

Arsenal finished in fifth place last term to miss out on a Europa League spot.

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