- Atletico Madrid have arrived in London ahead of their match with Arsenal
- The Spanish club will face the Gunners on Thursday night in Europa League
- They have never met in this competition before but Atletico have won it twice
Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid on Wednesday afternoon, April 25, arrived London ahead of their Europa League semi final first leg tie against Arsenal on Thursday, April 26.
The two sides are set to meet in continental action for the first time although the Gunners did run out 2-1 winners during an Emirates Cup clash back in 2009.
But Arsenal have never lifted the Europa League/UEFA Cup, so are looking to make history, while Atletico claimed the trophy on two occasions in the space of three years between 2010 and 2012.
Atletico Madrid dropped into the competition after slipping out of the Champions League, and they will want to make their fans happy by winning the title.
Former Chelsea star Diego Costa is said to have been ruled out of the game, but the Spain international made the trip to England.
Arsenal will also be missing the service of their superb midfielder Mohamed Elneny who has been ruled out of the season, while Emerick Aubameyang is not eligible to play for the Gunners.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger explained that the chances of star midfielder Mohamed Elneny to return to action again this season are very slim.
Elneny was carried off on a stretcher on the stroke of half-time during Sunday's 4-1 win over West Ham and has suffered an ankle ligament injury.
Arsene Wenger stated clearly that the Egypt international will miss the Gunners' Europa League semi final clash against Atletico Madrid with the first leg on Thursday, April 26.
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