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Villareal earned a slim advantage to take to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night for their second leg of the semi-final clash between these two sides. Arsenal had started the game horrifically as they found themselves to goals down inside the opening 30 minutes of the game in Spain.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men in the game and will be without Dani Ceballos and Etienne Capoue, respectively. Even with a man less, Mikel Arteta’s side were able to claw back a potentially crucial away goal to take back to London after Nicolas Pepe converted from the spot with less than 20 minutes remaining.
Despite their patchy recent form, the Gunners comfortable earned three points in their trip to Tyneside on the weekend as they put Newcastle United to the sword in a 2-0 victory. Captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got his name back on the scoresheet following his return to the Arsenal side having recovered from malaria.
Emery’s side strengthened their hopes of a finish in the Europa League spots on Sunday with a late 1-0 victory over Getafe through a late winner from Yeremi Pino. Back-to-back wins in a week will only boost the Spanish side’s confidence considering they went into the game against the Gunners with back-to-back defeats.
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Villarreal may also take some confidence from the Gunners’ recent results at home in the Europa League. In Arteta’s last two games at the Emirates in the Europa League, they have failed to win either. A 1-1 draw in the quarter-finals against Slavia Prague followed a 1-0 defeat in the round of 16 at home to Olympiacos.
In comparison, Villarreal have won all three of their away games in the Europa League knockout stages so far this campaign. In none of their away games in the knockout stages has the scoreline finished with over 2.5 goals and kept clean sheets in all three of the away games.
Arsenal vs Villarreal: Odds
Arsenal vs Villarreal: Head to Head
29 April 2021 – Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal – Europa League
15 April 2009 – Arsenal 3-0 Villarreal – Champions League
7 April 2009 – Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal – Champions League
25 April 2006 – Villarreal 0-0 Arsenal – Champions League
19 April 2006 – Arsenal 1-0 Villarreal – Champions League
The Gunners have not won either of their last two home games in the Europa League, but Thursday’s clash offered them a golden opportunity to rectify that as they have no other option but to win if they want to progress in the 90 minutes.