Arsenal v Atletico Madrid: Diego Costa's record against the Gunners assessed

Over the last few months, the competition, which is least regarded within European football, is now more important than ever to Wenger and Arsenal.

His work in America - and the fact his contract expires in November - has led to suggestions he could be in the frame to replace Wenger at the Emirates.

Arsenal players celebrating a goal at a past match. Following the goalless draw with Real Betis in their last League fixture, Atletico have now gone 11 consecutive games without conceding a goal at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The club, in sixth place in the league, are desperate to win the Europa League as a way back into the Champions League next season.

Vieira is among the favourites having spent nine years with the club as a player, while he has been learning his trade as a coach in Major League Soccer. "They are a very efficient team and a team who can use every weak moment of their opponent". "I don't know. I leave myself a little bit of freedom to decide what I want to do with my life", he said.

"I've always seen them respond in a positive way and I think this group of players deserves something special". On the other hand, winning the Europa League is the only way Arsenal could get into next season's Champions League after losing the race in the league to finish in the top-four. "I had no break for 35 years".

"The first thing that comes to mind is admiration".

"He is a fantastic coach and professional". He's got incredible ability. "Together with Mancini at City, a relationship never took off, I never liked him, both as a person and as a tactician, and his training was so boring: how much more tactics".

"I think it is hard with the way he's been treated".

In reference to Wenger's exit, the 1998 World Cup victor believes his former boss will move on to another club to continue his managerial career that spans over the past 35 years. "That shows that people are following what you are doing and you are doing a good job".

However, Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny is expected to miss the rest of the season after damaging ankle ligaments.

Striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible to play in the competition, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan, is still recovering from knee ligament damage.

Diego Simeone has received a timely boost ahead of the Arsenal game, as striker Diego Costa has returned following a hamstring injury he suffered recently.

  • Julie Sanders