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Arsenal 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Griezmann cancels out Lacazette opener in Europa League

Arsenal 1-1 Atletico Madrid

With the Gunners 1-0 up against ten-man Atletico they left themselves embarrassingly exposed as they hungrily went in search of a second.

A punt downfield in the 82nd minute from centreback Jose Maria Gimenez and super-striker Antoine Griezmann was away.

Then it was the turn of Arsenal’s defensive pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi to do their comedy double act routine.

Koscielny, in attempting to clear, kicked the ball against his own head and put Griezmann away.

David Ospina did well to block his shot but the ball bounced back to the Frenchman.

Mustafi looked like he might deny Griezmann, but he slipped over and the Atletico ace was able to lift the ball into the net.

It was ‘deja vu’ for Wenger, no doubt bringing back memories of how, in desperately chasing for an equaliser against Monaco - even though there was still an away leg to come - in the Champions League they left themselves totally open.

It led to them conceding a last-ditch third goal to lose 3-1 in 2015.

Few Arsenal fans will be expecting Champions League action again next season now.

Winning the Europa League would have ensured that, but the Madrid side are hot favourites to progress through to the May 16 final.

They will surely not have to play the second-leg with ten men for 80 minutes. That’s what they had to do after having Sime Vrsaljko sent off for two early cautions.

Diego Costa, who terrorised the Arsenal defence while at Chelsea, will be fit to start and the Spanish aces haven’t conceded a goal at their new stadium for 11 games.

Up until the Griezmann goal it was looking like Wenger’s 22-year reign could end on a happy note.

Wenger admitted when he signed Lacazette in the summer it was a struggle luring him away from Lyon, the place of his birth.

In the 61st minute the £46.5m striker showed just how determined he was to return to the French city
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