Wenger wants to go in style

Wenger wants to go in style

As the final prospect of silverware in his last season in charge of Arsenal lies on the line on Thursday, Wenger insists he will be entirely focused on the task at hand as speculation over his future plans continues to swirl.

But while he has said he hopes to manage in the Champions League again somewhere else, he deflected questions about whether that might be with a Spanish team.

But 12 years ago, the Gunners went to Real Madrid's daunting Bernabeu Stadium and pulled off an historic win, through a Thierry Henry goal - the first time an English side had beaten the Galacticos in Europe. "He has played well against them before in a Chelsea shirt". It is one of the reasons why his time at the club is nearly up.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes Mesut Ozil is Arsenal " s "most risky player' ahead of the second their Europa League semi-final second leg on Thursday.

But with a 1-1 aggregate score after the first leg at the Emirates, Arsenal must score at least once to have a chance at victory on the road.

Wenger said Arsenal was prepared to challenge Atletico in Madrid.

Arsenal's fragility has been a talking point and it has been exemplified by their away form in 2018. They have to show overdue steel here.

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Wenger is acutely aware that the impact would be felt at numerous levels. They have only two - the 1970 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1994 Cup Winners' Cup.

The other side of the draw has Marseille in Austria holding a 2-0 lead on Red Bull Salzburg. "The next game is always the most important in my life".

Arsenal are looking to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League, while Atletico are looking to get something from a season that promised so much but has so far delivered little. "That's why it's a very, very big game for us".

"I would like to finish my job well", Wenger said on Wednesday. It is our job to keep him quiet. There was still the same buzz, he said, that had accompanied the first games of his long Arsenal tenure.

How his players balance the requirements of the tie will be fundamental. "We need a great communion between the team and the fans. Will they in the opposite have a more cautious approach and try to get us on the break, that's what we have to deal with in the game", added Wenger.

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