Atlético-Arsenal team news: Diego Costa starts

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Atlético-Arsenal team news: Diego Costa starts

Atlético-Arsenal team news: Diego Costa starts

EDUARDO CANDEL

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Vitolo and Diego Costa come in to Cholo Simeone's side for the visit of Arsenal, who start with Alexandre Lacazette in attack.

Diego Costa starts as Atlético Madrid host Arsenal on Thursday evening with a place in the Europa League final up for grabs, after the two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg in London.


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Atlético Madrid team news

Diego Costa was only fit for the bench last week but is fit to start alongside Antoine Griezmann in attack. Filipe Luis is back in the squad just 49 days after breaking his ankle. Vitolo comes in on the right flank, where he will have to be diligent defensively to help out Thomas Partey, who plays at right-back in the absence of Vrsaljko (suspension) and Juanfran (injury).

Diego Simeone will also be 'out of action'. The coach has a touchline ban after hurling some choice words at the referee in the first leg. 

Atlético Madrid XI: Oblak; Thomas, Giménez, Godín, Lucas; Vitolo, Saúl, Gabi, Koke; Costa, Griezmann.

Subs: Werner, Filipe Luis, Savic, Olabe, Torres, Correa, Gameiro.

Arsenal team news

Arsene Wenger has named an unchanged side from the first leg at the Emirates. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied, meaning Alexandre Lacazette continues in attack. While David Ospina - the designated cup 'keeper - keeps his place in goal at the expense of Petr Cech.

Elneny and Cazorla - who has been training in Oviedo - are both long-term absentees.

Arsenal XI: Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Wilshere; Ramsey, Özil, Welbeck; Lacazette.

Subs: Subs: Cech, Chambers, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Nketiah.

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