Arsenal will be hoping they can give Arsene Wenger a fitting send off by beating Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final tonight to make it to France in a fortnight.
Wenger is leaving the club after 22 years, but his team are up against it to make it to the final in his home country following a 1-1 home draw against Diego Simeone’s side at the Emirates last week.
Atletico have not conceded a goal at home since January, but the Gunners will need to score at least once tonight if they are to make it to Lyon.
If they do so, a fantastic stadium lies in wait.
The Parc Olympique Lyonnais – currently known as the Groupama Stadium thanks to a sponsorship deal – was opened in January 2016 ahead of that summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.
With a capacity just short of 60,000 it is one of the most impressive venues in France and cost £365m to build.
It staged six matches at Euro 2016, including the thrilling 3-3 group stage draw between Hungary and Portugal, France’s 2-1 last 16 win over the Republic of Ireland and Portugal’s 2-0 semi-final success over Wales.
Next year it is set to host the semi-finals and final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, and it has already been pencilled in to stage football matches at the 2024 Olympics.
Arsenal or Atletico Madrid will face the winner of the Red Bull Salzburg vs Marseille tie, with the Ligue 1 side currently 2-0 up ahead of tonight’s second leg.
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