There was an absolutely frantic start to Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final first leg tie against Atletico Madrid on Thursday evening.
Plenty of nervous Arsenal supporters were packed inside the Emirates Stadium but they were quickly calmed down when Atleti right-back Sime Vrsaljko received two yellow cards in the opening 10 minutes of the match.
The second came when he caught Alexandre Lacazette, with referee Clement Turpin rightly dishing out another card.
It was the next-best start that Arsenal could have hoped for, besides an early goal of course.
And things got even better just minutes later when the fiery Diego Simeone was sent to the stands.
The Argentinian furiously protested a decision that went Arsenal’s way, berating the official.
And Turpin wasn’t having any of it. He quickly sent Simeone to the stands and Atletico were suddenly down to 10 men and without a manager in the dugout.
Simeone didn’t exit without aiming a few more words towards Clement and fans believe they know what he said.
The words “hilo de puta” appeared to come out of his mouth, which translates to: “son of a b****”.
Check out the incident below.
Here’s what fans had to say about Simeone’s outburst.
Arsenal made a fast start to proceedings and could have gone ahead when Danny Welbeck crossed for Lacazette, only for the Frenchman’s effort to hit the post.
Lacazette then realised just why many consider Jan Oblak to be the finest goalkeeper in the world.
The Atletico Madrid No.1 produced a smart dive to turn Lacazette’s header away.
Then came Vrsaljko’s sending off and Simeone’s rant, leaving Arsenal with a great opportunity to secure a first leg advantage.
If Arsene Wenger, managing his final home European match for Arsenal, could have dreamed of a start, it would have looked something like this.