Arsenal are leaving nothing to chance when they travel to Madrid, ditching their awful blue away kit for a little black number.
The Gunner’s away form this season has been nothing short of horrendous, although they have performed better on the road in the Europa League.
That being said, the blue kit is synonymous with away day humiliation, frustration and embarrassment so the less we wear it in the eyes of fans, the better.
We are playing in Grey and Pink for Thursday’s match in Madrid. pic.twitter.com/IHpVBNytl2
— Arsenal Fixture News (@AFCFixtureNews) May 2, 2018
Of course, a kit can do nothing to influence a result, that’s down to the players wearing it and the good news is that Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be one of those players after he returned to training. He picked up an injury scare after his excellent performance against United at the weekend.
Alex Iwobi also returned to training.
Arsenal face a massive task despite the first leg finishing with nothing between the sides.
The archaic away goals rule was first established in the 1965/66 season in order to eliminate tie-breaks or replays. It is claimed that the rule encourages the away team to be more attacking however this is not usually the case as we saw with Atletico at the Grove when they had just 24% possession and six shots.
To be fair, that’s all they really needed.
Arsenal’s goal against Atletico Madrid is the only goal the Spaniards have conceded in their last six games. They have conceded just seven goals in the competition so far and only three at home.
In La Liga, Jan Oblak has 21 clean sheets in 34 games and will return to the Atletico starting lineup after missing the weekend’s game against Alves with a calf problem.