Arsenal and Villarreal go head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday at 8pm (UK time) in the Europa League semi-final second leg.
After falling 2-0 behind within the opening 30 minutes, Arsenal will be happy to have returned home from Spain just 2-1 down after Nicolas Pepe handed the Gunners a priceless away goal from the penalty spot.
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Scoreline prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Villarreal
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Arsenal vs Villarreal build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Arsenal’s Europa League campaign appeared to be going up in smoke when Raul Albiol made it 2-0 to Villarreal in the 29th minute of their first-leg tie last week. But the Gunners held on well and even managed to pull a goal back thanks to Pepe’s late penalty. However, if Mikel Arteta’s men are to keep their dreams of silverware and Champions League qualification alive, they’re going to need a much better overall performance, more reminiscent of that which saw them beat Newcastle United 2-0 at the weekend.
Unai Emery will be ruing the away goal his side conceded against his former club but if Villarreal can strike early, Arsenal will really be up against it here. The Yellow Submarine come into this match off the back of a 1-0 win over Getafe, but have only ever won once on English soil, a 2-1 victory over Everton in the 2005/06 Champions League Third Qualifying Round. Emery’s best bet may be to focus on keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s service limited and using the skill and composure of Dani Parejo to control possession, sucking the life out of Arsenal.
- Arsenal (vs Newcastle): Ryan; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Xhaka; Elneny, Ceballos; Willian, Odegaard, Martinelli; Aubameyang.
- Villarreal (vs Getafe): Asenjo; Mario, Funes Mori, Torres, Estupinan; Parejo, Capoue; Chukwueze, Raba, Gomez; Alcacer
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Arsenal vs Villarreal predicted XIs
“They haven’t trained with us yet, so it’s unlikely we’ll have them ready in the next few games,” said Mikel Arteta of Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney ahead of their win over Newcastle at the weekend.
Obviously, this means Granit Xhaka will continue to deputise at left-back, opening up a spot for Mohamed Elneny in midfield with Dani Ceballos also suspended. David Luiz also limped off against the Magpies, so expect Gabriel to partner Rob Holding at centre-back, while Calum Chambers was rested at the weekend and will replace Hector Bellerin at right-back.
Further forward, Aubameyang will operate through the middle as he did to great effect against Newcastle, with Emile Smith Rowe behind, linking play and allowing his forward to focus on goalscoring. Nicolas Pepe will start on the right and look to cut inside onto his left foot, unleashing powerful shots at goal. On the other side, Bukayo Saka will play on his stronger foot, stretching the pitch to create space while delivering dangerous crosses for Aubameyang.
Though he has shifted to a 4-3-3 at times, Emery has largely stuck to a 4-4-2 formation since taking over as Villarreal boss and is expected to do so again here.
Raul Albiol will provide experience at centre-back next to Pau Torres and the two combined should offer the Spanish side real dominance in possession, with both being astute passers of the ball. Next to them, Mario Gaspar will replace the injured Juan Foyth at right-back. He and Alfonso Pedraza should stay compact and will find themselves occupied with Bukaya Sako and Nicolas Pepe, though the latter is a good crosser and will look for opportunities to get forward.
Ex-Arsenal man Francis Coquelin will replace the suspended Etienne Capoue in midfield. Partnered by Parejo, the duo offer a great blend of brains and brawn in the middle of midfield and either side of them, Samuel Chukwueze and Manu Trigueros will look to impose themselves on the Arsenal full-backs both with and without possession. The latter is also capable of playing through the middle, giving Emery the choice of switching to a 4-3-3 should he seek a numerical advantage in the centre.
Gerard Moreno has 26 goals across La Liga and Europa League play combined this season and is the spearhead of this Villarreal side. He has often been partnered by experienced Colombian Carlos Bacca in the Europa League and that’ll likely be the case again, with Paco Alacer starting against Getafe at the weekend. The former Barcelona man has six goals in this season’s competition and will be a great option for Emery off the bench.
2020/21 recent form (last five matches):
- Arsenal: WLLDW
- Villarreal: WWLLW
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