Diego Simeone: 'Diego Costa has no chance for first leg against Arsenal'

Atletico Madrid have decided to charge Arsenal fans £79 for their tickets to watch second leg

The north London side are now in sixth place in the Premier League table, so their best hope of qualifying for the Champions League will be to win the Europa League this term.

But Simeone expects Costa, who scored three goals in six Chelsea appearances against the Gunners, hopes to have the Spain worldwide fit for the home leg.

However, Wenger's legacy will be looked on far more kindly if be could bow out in his homeland next month in Lyon by guaranteeing Champions League football for his successor.

Arsenal come into these two games not being favourites, for the first time in the whole competition - but they are taking on the favourites for the whole competition, and a side that has real pedigree in the Europa League - winning it in 2010 and 2012.

"Let's not get lost in celebrating the end of his era. It would be an wonderful achievement and Arsene never won in Europe before so it would be a great way to give him a good exit".




The team is set to travel to London on Wednesday, battling it out against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

Atletico Madrid have been dealt a big injury blow ahead of their Europa League semi final clash against Arsenal on Thursday, as Diego Simeone's side will have to make the trip to London without star right back Juanfran. "That's hard, and you need a special type of manager to do that".

Juanfran was forced off during Atletico's 0-0 draw with Real Betis on Sunday after picking up a hamstring injury and had to be replaced by Sime Vrsaljko midway through the second half.

However, Atletico's defensive resilience ended Betis' run of six wins in a row as they recorded their 11th consecutive home clean sheet.

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