Europa League: Villarreal vs Arsenal

Arsenal have a big challenge to their defeat this season with a trip to Spain, where they will face Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals. Both are failing at the domestic stage and this is their big hope for the whole season. In a situation where there is nothing to lose at the moment, let's wait and see "Gunners" or "Golden Submarine" will be the name to have fun.

Villarreal vs Arsenal


After the 1-2 defeat to Barcelona a few days ago in the La Liga playground, the "Golden Submarine" will have a welcome Arsenal, which is expected to be very difficult in the Europa League semi-finals. In the last match, even the team with the opening goal first and also playing at home. However, Villarreal could not preserve the advantage and let Griezmann from Barcelona's side scored twice in the first half. In La Liga, Villarreal has dropped to 7th place after only 49 points in 33 rounds. The risk of being absent from the European playground next season is very close and the "Golden Submarine" definitely has to rely on the Europa League to find a ticket to the Champions League next season. It is a difficult scenario, because the remaining 3 names are Man Utd, AS Roma and Arsenal are all more appreciated than Villarreal.

However, Villarreal is currently led by coach Unai Emery, an expert at the Europa League playground and they will look to the advantage in the first leg before marching to Emirates. With the knowledge of the old team, coach Unai Emery will certainly calculate for his students the really reasonable steps. In terms of form, Villarreal has lost the last 2 matches and in the last 5 matches they all scored. However, they are unbeaten in the last 12 Europa League matches, winning 11 of them and the last 5/6 games they have scored two or more goals. At home, Villarreal has scored in the last 12 Europa League matches and has 6 consecutive wins before this match.


Arsenal are in the same situation as Villarreal, they look to this match from two unsuccessful matches and depend on their achievements in this tournament to win a Champions League place next season. A few days ago "Gunners" once again had a poor match against Everton and lost with a score of 0-1, resulting in them having only 2 wins in the last 8 matches. In the Premier League at the moment, Arsenal are ranked 10th in the standings after bringing in a meager 46 points through 33 rounds. With 8 points less than the group with tickets to the European Cup next season, Arsenal of course is forced to exert themselves in the Europa League.

This season Arsenal played very poorly defensively and they only had 2 clean sheets in their last 18 matches. However, Arsenal played very well in the Europa League, they won 9 and lost only once in 12 matches played this season. Coach Mikel Arteta's team can only not score in 1/12 of the Europa League match. They are unbeaten in the last 10 away matches in this tournament and scored in all 10 matches. Besides, Arsenal are unbeaten in the last 4 matches when they meet Villarreal with 2 wins and 2 draws. However, both of Villarreal's last two matches at home, the results are inconclusive. The biggest worry for Arsenal ahead of the upcoming trip lies in the attack, when Aubameyang and Lacazette are both sidelined due to injury.

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