Sunday 24 February 2019

Wenger wants to go in style

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Arsene Wenger. Photo: PA
Arsene Wenger. Photo: PA

Arsene Wenger is seeking the best end to his Arsenal "love story" as he takes his side to Atletico Madrid tonight looking to reach the Europa League final.

This semi-final tie is well-poised following a 1-1 first-leg draw at the Emirates Stadium last week, with the visitors equalising late on having played for 80 minutes with 10 men.

Wenger will bring the curtain down on a tenure lasting over 21 years when he departs Arsenal in the summer.

The Europa League is a chance for Wenger to end his reign with a maiden piece of European silverware and secure a return to the Champions League.

"I don't know what I will do next season," he said.

"At the minute I think I would like to finish my job. I believe a man has to give his best as long as he is somewhere, with all my commitment and energy.

"When my job is finished at Arsenal I will see where I go from there but I want to finish this love story well."

Arsenal need to score at least once at the Wanda Metropolitano if they are to have any chance of reaching the final in Lyon later this month.

That will be a tough ask given Diego Simeone's Atletico have not conceded at home in 11 games and have lost just three times at their new home since taking up residency in September.

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