Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has warned Arsenal that striker, Diego Costa will ‘intimidate’ Arsene Wenger’s men when they clash in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg tie at Emirates Stadium.
Costa, who has not played since limping out of Atletico’s Europa League quarterfinal with Sporting Lisbon on April 12, was considered a doubt for the fixture in London due to a hamstring injury.
Simeone included the former Chelsea striker in his squad after he trained with Atletico teammates on Wednesday evening.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Thursday’s clash, Simeone said he will feature the 29-year-old to frighten the Gunners players.
“In England and in Spain many teams suffered at the hands of Costa, not just Arsenal,” Simeon said.
“He will play from the start or bench. We brought him for motivation, to play and to intimidate.”