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Michael Owen is backing Atletico Madrid to end Arsenal’s slim hopes of winning the Europa League at Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday night.
The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw with 10-man Atletico in the first leg of their semi-final at The Emirates last week to make Diego Simeone’s side slight favourites to reach the final in Lyon.
Arsenal edged into a 1-0 lead thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s second-half goal before France international Antoine Griezmann in the final 10 minutes at the Emirates Stadium last week.
Arsene Wenger’s side have a miserable record on the road in the Premier League this season after losing 10 of their 17 away fixtures following a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday evening.
Atletico have a rich European pedigree under Argentinian head coach Simeone having won the Europa League and reached two Champions League finals before losing to their bitter rivals Real Madrid.
“Arsenal had a wonderful opportunity to make it through to Lyon next month after Atletico were reduced to 10-men after ten minutes at the Emirates,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Griezmann’s late equaliser at the Emirates was a bitter blow to the Gunners, however, and Atletico have won their last four Europa League home games without conceding a goal.
“Chelsea won in the Spanish capital in the Champions League earlier in the season but I can see this being Arsene Wenger’s 250th and final European club game. Remember the Gunners have not picked up an away point in the Premier League in 2018.”
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