Europa League updates as Diego Costa scores opener

Europa League updates as Diego Costa scores opener

Maybe the best way to do that is to play in their half and not ours.

And typically Costa was the man who made the difference. "Our Brazilian left-back has fully recovered from the fibula fracture he suffered on 15 March at the RZD Arena against Lokomotiv Moscow in the UEFA Europa League Round-of-16", a club statement read.

Having seen Liverpool book their place in the Champions League final, Arsenal are hoping to make it two from two for the Premier League - however, Atletico remain favourites for the competition. On the previous two occasions, Arsenal have drawn the first leg of a European semi-final, they've progressed to the final (1979-80 and 1993-94 Cup Winners Cup). The future of Arsenal is not exactly the same if we qualify for the Champions League or not. It's vital they secure the away goal, and if they can score without reply, then that would be even better. The away goal plays the tactics in the hands of Atletico Madrid as it suits their defensive style of play. "At the minute I think I would like to finish well my job".

Meanwhile, tonight's meeting will be the second time they will be facing each other in any European competition after their 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture last week.

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The Gunners' head of recruitment is said to be keen to bring Liverpool's assistant manager to the Emirates Stadium as he believes the Bosnian will be ideal to complete the three-man team which includes himself, Buvac and Arsenal's head of football relations Raul Sanllehi.

Koscielny's team-mate Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang instantly took to Twitter to send a message of support, saying: "Damn it, courage bro". Diego Costa will start after featuring against Alaves. The Premier League side will no doubt be boosted, therefore, by the timely return to fitness of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who missed the first leg with a knee injury.

Juanfran remains out through injury while fellow right back Sime Vrsaljko is suspended after his early red card last week meaning Thomas Partey is likely to slot in to the full back position.