The pressure is on Mikel Arteta to cancel Arsenal’s 2-1 deficit against Villarreal and to reserve a place in the Europa League final – where they will more than likely meet their old rival Manchester United.
The Gunners found two goals down in half an hour in Spain last week, but the biggest concern for those of Arsenal’s conviction was that until they were awarded a 17-minute spot kick, they never seemed to score as much. important goal.
Bucaio Saka was lucky to receive the penalty, but after the referee Arthur Diaz pointed out the place, Nicolas Pepe did not make a mistake with the final – he handed Arsenal a lifeline entering the second match.
Given the club’s disappointing position in the league, Arteta is facing criticism from loyalists of the “gunners” and the elimination on Thursday will be the last nail in his coffin from these angles. here it is 90minpreview of this decisive semi-final second match.
How much is the startup? Thursday, 6 May 2021 – 20:00 (BST)
Where is the game played? Emirates Stadium, Hotel London
How to watch on TV? BT Sport BT Sport (United Kingdom)
Referee: Slavko Vincic
WHERE: Bastian Dunkert
Arsenal will be without Danny Chebalos after being sent off in the first leg. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang received 78 minutes under his belt, as well as a goal over the weekend and should start on Thursday. David Lewis was expelled after suffering a muscle injury in St. James’s Park on Sunday. Kieran Tierney and Alexandre Lacazette insist on returning to the squad, but this game may happen too early for the pair.
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Unai Emery’s team will be without Etienne Capue, who was also sent off in the first leg, so former Arsenal player Francis Kokulin will probably enter the starting eleven to replace him. Spurs mercenary Juan Voight limped with a 20-minute injury last week and is unlikely to take part in the rematch.
Arsenal: Leno; Chambers, Holding, Mari, Xhaka; Parthey, Elnini; Saka, Odegaard, Pepe; Aubameyang
Villarreal: Rudders; Martinez, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Chukwueze, Coquelin, Parejo, Trigueros; Moreno, Alcácer
Certainly the Gunners can’t play as badly as they did at La Ceramica last week. The Premier League outfit can be considered extremely happy to have brought a guest in, but once he has done so, there is a great chance for progress.
Emery’s decision to replace Paco Alcácer and replace him with Francis Cockwell at half-time in the first game was typical of him. He gave Arsenal the upper hand and allowed them to return to a tie that actually needed to be made and dusted.
After Aubameyang stepped aside, Arsenal have a powerful goal threat – something they obviously missed on the last wait and as such are more likely to find the back of the net. But Arteta’s people have to be patient, because if they go too far and allow a guest, it could be a long night in the Emirates.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Villarreal