Watch Arsenal vs Villarreal Live Match And Goal Highlights
North London side Arsenal will welcome Villarreal to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday. Arsenal will have to overcome a deficit after losing to Villarreal in the first leg of the semis, while Villarreal is coming off a nice 2-1 victory over Arsenal last time out.
The Europa League novice in Mikel Arteta was undone by serial winner Emery in the first leg last week, and Villarreal should have been out of sight after a totally dominant first-half performance, but Pepe’s second-half spot-kick means that the Gunners’ season is not done and dusted just yet.
ARS – Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Saka, Xhaka, Partey, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Pepe, Aubameyang
VIL – Rulli, Gaspar, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza, Coquelin, Parejo, Trigueros, Moreno, Chukwueze, Alcácer
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5* – Arsenal appear to be playing in a 4-1-4-1 formation with Leno in goal, Bellarin at right-back, Tierney at left-back and Mari as well as Holding at centre-back.
9* –Arsenal are very attack-minded tonight, as expected.
We see about four or five players up front looking to create danger, but they need to be careful of Villarreal’s counter-attacks!
20* – Arsenal are playing diagonal balls to Pepe and Saka hoping to get something from their pace.
Villarreal are still comfortable and in no ruch when they hold possession
24* – Partey is instrumental in Arsenal’s play as his diagonal balls find team-mates in the wings and that creates space as well as danger
27* –Arsenal miss a huge opportunity to open the scoring with Aubameyang!
Chaos ensues inside Villarreal’s box following a corner-kick off the left side.
33* – Tempo has slowed down as we approach half-time.
Arsenal control possession but Villarreal have already come close twice
40* – Vaillarreal star Albiol tries to score the same way he did last week from a corner-kick.
All goalless after the first half at the Emirates but quite a lot to take from the first 45 minutes.
47* – No changes from either side as we kick off the second half.
50* – Bellerin delivers a cross down the right flank and Rulli again makes a weak clearance with his fists.
The ball goes to Smith Rowe who just missed Villarrea’s post.
60* – Villarreal are slowly stretching Arsenal’s defence with Paco, Gerard and Pino.
65* – Villarreal are so confident and strong on the ball…
Just now Pedraza delivered a through ball inside the box that Tierney just manages to clear.
70* – Pepe delivers a wonderful cross down the right flank and finds Holding again whose header just misses Rulli’s right-hand post
77* – Arsenal miss another chance as Martinelli fires a shot from the edge of the box and sends the ball wide.
Arsenal were eliminated from the Europa League by Villarreal and the manager they offloaded two years ago Unai Emery following a goalless draw at the Emirates.
The Yellow Submarine went through to the final thanks to their 2-1 victory at the Estadio de la Ceramica last week.
The Gunners had plenty of chances to score that season-saving goal in both halves.
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