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Arsenal given huge injury boost ahead of Atletico Madrid clash

20 April 2018, 01:19 | Nina Perez

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

Wenger conceded that Arsenal's season is now resting on winning the Europa League and he did acknowledge the difficulty of facing a team of Atletico Madrid's quality in the semi-final.

The French tactician is keen to focus on the end of the 2017/18 season, with Arsenal still fighting for a place in next season's Champions League via the Europa League, but admitted he has half an eye on potential new arrivals at the Emirates. It is not my biggest priority.

"This weekend is preparation for Thursday". I rested most players after the CSKA Moscow game and they will need a game. "We are Arsenal and we want to win matches", Wenger said during his pre-match press conference on Thursday. Wenger's own future remains unclear following a terrible Premier League campaign in which the club may yet finish as low as seventh if Burnley retain their good form. "He has not signed, he has an offer, we want him to stay".

West Ham have previously met Arsenal twice this season, with the only goal in 180 minutes being scored by Danny Welbeck in December's 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat at The Emirates. But the last I heard is that he is doing very well, so I hope that certainly he will come back before the end of the season and we an make a check-up of where he stands. I am always confident.

"We've made a decision to subsidise tickets for the second leg, meaning our travelling fans will spend the same as those from Atletico".

"For us, it's absolutely vital to beat them and to have a chance to go into the final and win the competition", Wenger said.

Guardiola has already guided Manchester City to the Premier League title with five games to spare.

"I can not give you any news [on Wilshere] because I don't really know what is in his mind".

The former Arsenal midfielder is among a number of names mentioned as contenders to take over from Wenger, whose future remains a subject of speculation.

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