Alexandre Lacazette really showing us what he can do — Arsenal
Apr 30 2018 by Dustin Murphy
Jose Gimenez played a long ball forward towards Griezmann who was kept onside by Monreal, he held off Koscielny and despite his original shot being kept out by Ospina, he was first to react to the loose ball which he fired into the roof of the net to give Los Colchoneros a vital away goal.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been another who has had to endure a spell on the sidelines, although the Armenian's absence has been much smaller. They might pay for three seconds where they couldn't shut the door. Then, the flight to Madrid to play Atletico.
It ends level at the Emirates...
Arsenal suffered an extremely frustrating night at the Emirates in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Ateltico Madrid.
And Merson thinks that with their chances of qualifying for the Champions League by finishing in the top four over, leaving them solely reliant on a Europa League triumph, Wenger will go for an under-strength starting XI. This is a huge result for Atlético after playing most of the game down to 10 men [red card after only 10 minutes]. Made some decent saves when called upon, but could hardly do anything about Grieizmann's late equaliser. The first by French teammate Florian Thauvin and the second from the Cameroonian Clinton N'Jie.
The Argentinian was charged with insulting a match official and improper conduct, and the Spanish club's fans were accused of throwing objects. Sime Vrsaljko was booked for lunging in on Jack Wilshere after just two minutes. The Fornite celebrations live on.
If one player could hold their head high after the game, however, it was Mesut Ozil. He was more interested in praising his side for their stubborn defensive play. He's worked closely with Al-Khelaifi in his role as chief executive of beIN Sports. It only makes sense that Wenger benches his best players Sunday in preparation for the Europa League. It was a shockingly bad defending that awards Griezmann and Atlético a goal that changes everything.
Arsenal had led through Alexandre Lacazette's second-half header but face an uphill battle to reach the final in Lyon having been pegged back.
"These players are basically heroes", he said. Had a few pops at goal, even though he failed to score.