Antoine Griezmann crashed in an equaliser on the break to give ten-man Atlético an unlikely draw in Arsène Wenger’s final European home game as Arsenal manager.
Šime Vrsaljko’s tenth-minute red card, and Atlético coach Diego Simeone’s subsequent dismissal, looked to have tilted the game in the Gunners’ favour, but the visitors resisted stoutly. Arsenal seemed mightily relieved after Alexandre Lacazette hung in the air to head them in front on 61 minutes, but Griezmann chased a long ball down and beat David Ospina at the second attempt to even things up. Jan Oblak’s heroic late save to deny Aaron Ramsey may prove significant.
While the pre-match talk centred on Wenger, for 80 minutes his side’s football took the plaudits. The Gunners played with a panache reminiscent of their mid-2000s heyday, but late-Wenger era flaws were brought sharply into focus when Griezmann scored the away goal. Two defensive errors – a poor Laurent Koscielny clearance followed by Shkodran Mustafi’s slip – have jeopardised Wenger’s hopes of a dream Lyon send-off.