Costa absent from final Atletico training ahead of travel for Arsenal tie

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Fourteen years on from Arsenal's last Premier League title, for so long Wenger could defend his record by consistent qualification for the Champions League.

Atletico will be hoping to claim their third Europa League crown after winning the tournament during the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons.

"If Arsenal have aspirations to win the league, and are not going to do it by spending, they're going to have to do it by spending less and achieving more".

Speaking on the latest La Liga weekly podcast, Gibson said: "Whereas there will be open and entertaining games between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and Liverpool and Roma (in the Champions League), I'm not so sure there will be at the Emirates".

But Simeone expects Costa, who scored three goals in six Chelsea appearances against the Gunners, hopes to have the Spain worldwide fit for the home leg.

However the Egypt global was stretchered off in the second half of Arsenal's 4-1 win over West Ham United, with Arsene Wenger saying, via Arsenal's official website: "the early signs are not good".


The hosts are likely to need to feed off some positive energy from the stands to build a lead to take to Madrid in a week's time against European specialists Atletico.

ARSENAL face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday - but who will start for the Gunners?

Atletico Madrid failed to break down Real Betis in a 0-0 draw on Sunday which further reduced their slim chances of catching Barcelona at the top of La Liga, while Las Palmas were relegated after a crushing 4-0 home defeat by Alaves.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa is also unlikely to be fit for Thursday's first leg in London after suffering a hamstring injury earlier in April.

Costa scored four goals in six previous appearances against Arsenal in three years at Chelsea.

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