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Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Arsenal out to 5-1 for European glory following Atletico stalemate

Gunners face uphill task after Antoine Griezmann screamer

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann
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Arsenal have been shunted out to 5-1 to win the Europa League after being held to a 1-1 draw by ten man Atletico Madrid in Thursday's semi-final first leg at the Emirates.

Antoine Griezmann's 82nd-minute stunner rescued an unlikely draw for Atletico, who played a man short after the tenth-minute dismissal of right-back Sime Vrsaljko.

The Croatian will miss the second leg through suspension but Diego Costa, an unused substitute at the Emirates, is likely to return from injury for Atleti, who have shortened to 5-6 to lift the trophy.

Atletico are 4-11 to qualify from the tie, while Arsenal are 5-2.

The winners are likely to be up against Marseille, who were 2-0 winners at home to Salzburg in the first leg at the Stade Velodrome.

Marseille are 11-4 to lift the trophy and 1-8 to reach the final in Lyon.

Arsenal are set for a major overhaul with a new manager and several players likely to arrive.

Ladbrokes are betting on which players will be joining the Gunners this summer and rate Schalke attacking midfielder Max Meyer the most likely at 5-4.

Should Arsenal choose to shop in the domestic market, Jonny Evans and Riyad Mahrez have been touted as possible targets. Leicester's Mahrez is 4-1 to join the Gunners this summer while West Brom's Evans is a 5-2 shot.

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Leicester's Mahrez is 4-1 to join the Gunners this summer while West Brom's Evans is a 5-2 shot
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