Simeone Considers Three-Man Defense for Arsenal Tie

Arsenal play Atletico Madrid in the first-leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday 26 April at the Emirates, with the return leg a week later.

Neville is a big fan of the work achieved by Simeone at Atletico, where he has won a La Liga title, the Copa del Rey, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup, despite competing on a far smaller budget to that of domestic rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Both Barcelona and Madrid have five games left, one more than Atletico.

"It's normal", said Simeone.

Betis otherwise looked comfortable throughout the opening 45 minutes, although their hopes of securing a sixth successive clean sheet appeared to suffer a setback when Gimenez limped off with an apparent thigh problem, the goalkeeper replaced by understudy Pedro Lopez.

The news comes as a major blow as Elneny has been in great form recently and would have been a serious contender to keep his place in the middle of the park against Atletico so he'll be sorely missed.

Neville also reflected on Manchester City's 5-0 over Swansea and he was full of praise for Kevin De Bruyne, calling him a hybrid between Paul Scholes and David Beckham.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Las Palmas had their relegation from La Liga confirmed following an emphatic 4-0 defeat at home to Alaves.

Forward Munir El Haddadi scored twice after halftime before Alvaro Medran and Ruben Sobrino added two late goals to ensure Alaves remained in the top flight for another season.

Wenger has confirmed Elneny's ankle is "very painful" and has already ruled the midfielder out of the first leg with Atletico on Thursday but the boss says we'll have to wait for x-ray results to come back before we'll know the full extent of the injury. "We must all accept our measure of responsibility and the criticism we will receive".

Deportivo La Coruna is now in the remaining relegation spot.

  • Rosalie Stanley