Arsene Wenger Confirms Henrikh Mkhitaryan Ruled Out of Arsenal's Europa League Semifinal

'They have to have a manager who can punch above their weight, and the outstanding candidate for me is Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.

Costa had been taken off early in the second half against Sporting Lisbon on April 12 as Atletico went on to secure their place in the last four of the Europa League despite a 1-0 defeat, progressing 2-1 on aggregate.

"He will be [available] for sure in the return leg, but I think he has no chance to be [fit] for the first leg game".

Atletico Madrid have been dealt a major injury blow ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with Arsenal with Juanfran set to miss the trip to the Emirates, according to Football London.

Fernando Torres started up front in Costa's absence on Sunday evening but failed to hit the target in the goalless draw with Real Betis.

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"I'm happy now we can all talk about his legacy and let's not forget that we still have to win the Europa League", said Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer Thierry Henry on the day Wenger announced his departure. "So I wouldn't throw everything at it if I was Arsenal because Atletico are more than capable of picking them off and getting an away goal". The former Chelsea striker has also been sidelined with a hamstring injury and has not featured since the last round of the competition, two weeks ago.

The north London side are now in sixth place in the Premier League table, so their best hope of qualifying for the Champions League will be to win the Europa League this term.

"I'm slightly concerned about Atletico. But it doesn't look too good", said the veteran French coach.

"Diego Simeone, quite rightly, I think, took the opportunity to rest some of the players going into the game against Arsenal on Thursday".

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