As Arsene Wenger looks to get a glorious send-off with Europa League success (and Champions League qualification) they prepare to face Atletico Madrid at The Emirates in the first leg of the semi-final clash between the two European giants.
With Marseille and RB Salzburg being the other two sides left in the competition, getting drawn against Atletico was the trickiest outcome possible for Wenger and his Arsenal side.
This is a great game for the neutral fan, with Wenger coming up against Diego Simeone. A tacticla battle should rage, with both sides both having a plethora of talent to choose from.
The question before us here however, is whom from those rosters would make a combined XI.
Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid: Combined XI
GK - Jan Oblak
About five years ago, Jan Oblak vs Petr Cech would be a silly question to ask, with the current Arsenal goalkeeper strutting his stuff between the sticks at Chelsea and Oblak being somewhat of a nobody in the football world.
Now, however, with Oblak being mentioned with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and David De Gea and with Cech being heavily criticised for his performances in the past few months, this is an easy nod for Oblak.
RB - Hector Bellerin
This choice pretty much picked itself. With Atletico’s first choice right-back, Juanfran, being ruled out for the game tonight.
If Juanfran did not pick up an injury on Sunday, it would’ve been a tough battle between the younger Spaniard from Arsenal and the older Spaniard from Atletico.
CB - Diego Godin
Diego Godin has solidified himself as one of the best central defenders in world football over the past few years.
The Uruguayan international has been pivotal in the success of Atletico under Simeone, helping them win the La Liga title in 2014, as well as reaching two Champions League finals with the side.
CB - Laurent Koscielny
Laurent Koscielny has been struck with injury problems for the past few years, but he is still a great defender.
Although he might be somewhat of a hothead, he is a shining light in the Arsenal defense, which without him looks very shaky.
LB - Nacho Monreal
Like Bellerin, Nacho Monreal is in here pretty much by default, with Atletico’s first choice left-back, Filipe Luis, being unavailable tonight through injury.
However, Monreal is still to be respected. He has arguably been Arsenal’s best player this season, with many strong defensive displays and he has also started to add goals to his game.
CM - Koke
Koke is one of the best players in his position at the moment with many cultured displays, which have helped his side reach this far in the Europa League as well as a good La Liga campaign.
He has been linked with a move away from Atleti a lot over the past few years to many big European sides, such is his pedigree.
CM - Saul Niguez
Like Koke, Saul Niguez, a.k.a Saul, is one of the best players in his position at the moment, forming a great partnership in the midfield with the aforementioned Koke.
With Iniesta close to retirement, many Spaniards are expecting Saul to live up to the Barcelona legend’s talents, which Saul has previously shown glimpses of.
AM - Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil has been one of the best attacking midfielders in football this decade.
After bursting onto the scene at the 2010 World Cup with Germany, the then Real Madrid player created a lot of hype around his name, and he has lived up to it.
Although he comes under criticism from many due to his work-rate, there is no doubt that he is one of the most creative minds in the game.
RW - Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann may be leading the line for Atletico tonight, but he is more than capable playing at right-wing, which is wear he started his professional career.
The Frenchman is arguably the best player in this combined XI, with many putting him in the conversation of Neymar and Luis Suarez as competitors to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
ST - Kevin Gameiro
Leading the line for this side, however, is Atletico’s Kevin Gameiro.
Gameiro would be up against Diego Costa and Pierre-Emerick Aubambeyang if Costa wasn’t injured for tonight and if Aubameyand was not cup-tied.
However, Gameiro is still a great striker who has been overshadowed by Griezmann, Costa and Fernando Torres this season, meaning he has only scored 10 goals this season. Despite this, two have come in the Europa League, where he has only made four appearances.
LW -Alexandre Lacazette
Like Griezmann, Lacazette will be most likely to be headlining the attack for Arsenal tonight.
However, Lacazette has played on the wing recently after the arrival of Aubameyang and following a slow start to his Arsenal career, the Frenchman is looking like he’s finding his feet for the Gunners.