It is advantage Atletico Madrid, as The Gunners fail to put the visitors to the sword, despite going down to 10 men, in the opening 10 minutes of the game.
Truth be told, The Gunners did put in an extraordinary performance in the game. The final scoreline only flatters Atletico, as Oblak kept them in the tie.
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Even though Antoine Griezmann scored the away goal for the visitors, it is his Slovenian team Jan Oblak, that deserves all the praise as he kept The Gunners at bay, with series of spectacular saves throughout the game.
The most frustrating heroics of Oblak for The Arsenal faithful, were the Ramsey and Lacazette close ranged headers, which he duly pointed away from danger.
Every single outfield Arsenal player on the pitch created at least once chance vs. Atlético Madrid.
24 in total. One goal to show for it. ? pic.twitter.com/IuoX9h2Wfg
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It is difficult and borderline painful for any Arsenal fan to accept yesterday’s result, considering the doubts haboured prior to the game, about its outcome.
Frankly speaking, the stars could not have aligned better for The Gunners as the players, fans and early decisions all went in favor of The North London side.
https://twitter.com/WeRTheArsenal/status/989793720475242496Then again, alot of credit has to be given to this Atletico side, who have once again lived up to their reputation as a well drilled, effective and efficient side.
Their ability to soak the life out of a game that has them on the backfoot is unbelievable. So much so that the officials can hardly find a reason to penalize their antics.
It is imperative to state that this is a familiar situation for Atletico side who have found themselves in similar circumstance and prevailed, against an attacking minded side like the Gunners in the recent past.
Nevertheless, I remain strongly convinced that lightning ⛈ will not strike twice for them, as The North London side, engage them in the 2nd leg next week Thursday, at The Wanda Metropolitiana Stadium in Spain.
Arsene Wenger and a couple of players have had their say on the game and here, are some quotes;
“they were always going to try to hit us on the counter and I thought we dealt with that pretty well and defended really well. They had a bit of luck off the keeper but at this level that’s a massive goal for them.
But at the same time we’re confident that we can go to Madrid and with the chances we created tonight, we are definitely going to create some chances and hopefully we’ll put them away”
… Jack Wilshere
Then from Le Prof;
That last part is ironically spot on, as one would presume numerical advantage should count but unfortunately, not in this case.
“They are a team who defend well, we know that. They have one of the best defensive records in Europe, you could see tonight that’s no coincidence. But we had the chances. Once they were down to 10 men, it destroyed a bit the flow of the game and it was not to our advantage”
… Arsene Wenger
It seemed on the night that the referee was over-compensating, for the early sending off of Sime Vrsaljko for the rest of the game.
This was evident in the not-giving foul on Danny Welbeck, that led to the equalizer. Here is a quote from Danny-boy’s take on the game and next week’s 2nd leg feature;
Let’s take a moment to salute Le Prof on his final European game in charge of the Gunners, at the Emirates… #MerciArsene
” We know we can score against them and we did it tonight so we’re positive going into that game and we know we can create opportunities. Hopefully we can put them in the back of the net. “
… Danny Welbeck
Next up is Man United at Old Trafford which should be a fun game… COYG!!!
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