Atletico coach says Costa unlikely to play first leg vs Arsenal

Gary Neville identifies 'outstanding candidate' for Arsenal job, fans react

"To try and prise him away from Atletico Madrid would be the big move, and people say that wouldn't be the Arsenal way".

The goalkeeper has established himself as one of the best in Europe at Atletico Madrid and now he is a wanted man.

Second-place Atletico Madrid was held 0-0 at home by Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday in a second straight setback before Diego Simeone's team faces Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals.

"Luis Enrique is the favourite, and I'm asking the question, looking at it from a football point of view, who is the right person to take over at Arsenal?". What exactly is that opportunity?

In a double blow, Wenger also confirmed that Mkhitaryan won't be available for the Europa League first leg as he continues to work his way back from a knee ligament injury.

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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Manchester, England.

"No news. I have the contract that I signed two years ago", he told reporters, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, he said:"They have to have a manager who can punch above their weight, and the outstanding candidate for me is Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid". He has continually done it. Simeone is a victor, a fighter, he will culturally change everything.

The half should have ended on a much brighter note for the visitors as they twice went close to breaking the deadlock, Ryad Boudebouz drawing a sharp near-post save from Jan Oblak before an untracked Garcia wastefully fired the wrong side of the upright. "That's hard, and you need a special type of manager to do that".

Diego Costa is unlikely to be fit for the first leg of Atletico Madrid's Europa League semifinal against Arsenal on Thursday but could return for the second leg, coach Diego Simeone said.

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