Arsenal played Atletico Madrid off the park but Diego Simeone will be more than happy with the result, as Madrid grabbed an undeserved away goal and the initiative. Arsene surprisingly opted for Jack Wilshere in midfield. Perhaps this was to combat the threat of Saul Niguez by naming three in the centre of the park, as Ramsey and Xhaka sat alongside Jack. Mesut Özil was back in the side too, and Danny Welbeck was able assisting Alexandre Lacazette up top.

Our start was blistering, and we had two clear cut chances that Welbeck and Lacazette
should have done better with, Atleti couldn’t handle us, and their stand-in right back, Vrsaljko, was booked early, and this would be telling. We continued to press Atletico and they were sweating, and on the 16th minute, Vrsaljko trod on Lacazette’s ankle to receive his marching orders. Someone was far from happy, and his protests meant he too was sent off.

We were keeping up the pace, and every time they put their foot on the ball, we hounded
them into mistakes. Koscielny, Lacazette and Nacho all had chances, but either Oblak, the post or profligate finishing out paid to our goal scoring hopes. Atletico freed themselves from our shackles, and Griezmann fired in a venomous effort that stung Ospina’s hands, and it was a timely reminder of their dangers. Not that Griezmann was on his game, as he spent most of the game on the deck simulating fouls. The half time whistle blew, and we were desperately unlucky not to have a goal and the lead.

The second half started pedestrian in comparison to the first, as Atletico camped deep and
invited pressure. We were probing, but there was no budging. We weren’t giving up though, and our danger players were buzzing around looking for openings, but the game rhythm was being broken up by the gamesmanship that was being employed by the oppositions players.

We broke the deadlock though, and Jack Wilshere‘s cross came from the byline and looped
high. Lacazette’s leap was majestic and he was higher than two defenders to nod past
Oblak. There was still half an hour to play, and Atleti were a little rudderless. We were starting to stretch them and needed to score a second and it looked like we were hungry to do so.

Lacazette came close next up from a corner, but his header toward the far post just went
wide. We were getting closer, could we get that second? The time was ticking away and we had the initiative, we had to make the most of it, but Stefan Savic had come on for Atleti, and they were shutting up shop. With ten mins to go, we had over 70 percent possession and 600 passes to their 150 - we had dominated.

Then, Griezmann scores from nothing. Koscielny touched the ball into Griezmann who took
a shot, Ospina saved and Griezmann sniffled the rebound. It was criminal, and not deserved, but Atleti were now in pole position. Ramsey had a great effort clawed away by Oblak late on, and we weren’t giving up but this game was ebbing away as a missed opportunity. And that’s how it ended in Wenger's last Euro home game, as Atleti escaped with an away goal and the result they didn’t deserve.