Call me crazy, disillusioned, whatever. I’m not saying we’re going to beat Atletico Madrid for sure, or that we’ll give them a 5-0 whooping, but we have a fighting chance. We have no reason to complain anyway. If we want to win the Europa League, which is the goal, we’ve got to be the best and to beat the best eventually.
I mean, as fans, we’ve got to have a bit of faith right?
We have a team which, although it has struggled a bit this season, is capable of beating Atletico Madrid. Champions League winners, World Cup winners, we even have a Europa League winner in the form of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. This is an Arsenal team that beat Bayern Munich not too long ago (in 1 leg, at least).
Furthermore, Atletico didn’t perform fantastically in Europe this season. They drew with Qarabag (Azerbaijan, I had to google) twice, and even lost to Chelsea! :O
In fact, a number of our players have been part of a team that has beaten Atletico before:
Mesut Özil, while at Real Madrid
Nacho Monreal (Malaga)
Shkrodan Mustafi (Valencia)
Petr Cech (Chelsea)
I’m not sure if there are others, but this is a team consisting of individuals capable of beating Atletico. Now all they need to do is the work together, easier said than done, I know. But if Arsene Wenger can pull that footballing genius inside of him back out, it’s far from impossible.
All we need is faith, trust and a little stardust eh 😉