Unai Emery, a multiple Europa League winner, will welcome former rivals Arsenal to the Estadio de la Ceramica on Thursday. For the first leg of this tie of Europa League semi-final, Villarreal vs Arsenal can be easily predicted.
The Yellow Submarine advanced to the final four by defeating Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, the Gunners destroyed and knocked out Slavia Prague 5-1 over two legs.
Unai Emery could stick to his 4-4-2 formation. Carlos Bacca might be replacing Paco Alcacer to partner Gerard Moreno, as he did in the Europa League.
Pervis Estupinan just returned to action against Barcelona on Sunday, which leaves Vicente Iborra as the only injury concern.
Manu Trigueros was given marching orders in Villarreal’s defeat to Blaugrana, but he is free to start again here.
Villarreal possible starting lineup: Asenjo; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Chukwueze, Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros; Moreno, Alcacer
Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette, and Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang are ready to give Arsenal a big boost. Mikel Arteta confirmed that all three will all play against Villarreal on Thursday.
Martin Odegaard has also just returned from injury and is looking to reclaim his place as Arsenal’s number 10.
If Tierney is unable to start, Granit Xhaka will take his place at left-back. And Eddie Nketiah will be on standby up front.
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno; Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Xhaka; Partey, Ceballos; Saka, Odegaard, Pepe; Nketiah
- Villarreal have lost three of their last five matches, which does not bode well for the Yellow Submarine’s chances against Arsenal on Thursday.
- They do stand out in the Europa League, though. They’ve lost just one of their 12 games and won all six of their games at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
- Arsenal too, like Villarreal, come into this match on the heels of a 1-0 loss to Everton on Friday night.
- moreover, the Gunners have only won two of their last eight competitive games.
- However, they have gone undefeated in their last seven matches away, on the road. But without Aubameyang or Lacazette leading the way, they would fail to maintain their hot streak.
- Unai Emery is a Europa League master, and the ex-Arsenal manager will do anything to beat his former bosses.
- However, we believe the Gunners will do enough to earn a draw and set up a tense second leg at the Emirates.