Arsenal take a 3-1 lead to Spain as they look to book their place in the Europa League final against Valencia on Thursday
Valencia took an early lead at the Emirates Stadium last week, but a double from Alexandre Lacazette and a late Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang effort have put the Gunners in control ahead of Thursday’s meeting at the Mestalla.
Valencia Team News
🔥 DÍA DE PARTIDO 🌟🇪🇺
— Valencia CF 🦇💯 (@valenciacf) May 9, 2019
Valencia are in a position where they could qualify for next season’s Champions League and win the Europa League – and for that Marcelino deserves credit. But, Los Ches must perform over their next three games to achieve one of those targets.
Valencia returned to winning ways at the weekend with a 6-2 triumph at struggling Huesca, but it has done little to reassure supporters that their side can overturn a deficit under pressure later this week.
Valencia are without midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and winger Dennis Cheryshev, but otherwise have no major injury concerns.
Valencia Predicted lineup XI: Neto, Piccini, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya, Soler, Parejo, Wass, Guedes, Gameiro, Rodrigo
Arsenal Team News
💬 "We want to play for the possibility to win a title and secondly to enter the Champions League."
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 8, 2019
Arsenal look to have one foot in the Europa League final after the first leg, and they will probably need to win the competition if they are to be playing UEFA Champions League football next season. Arsenal are in the driving seat in this semi-final tie but their away form is poor and this match is by no means over. If the Gunners want to secure a top-four finish they will need the results to go in their favour.
Arsenal head to the east coast of Spain without Aaron Ramsey, Dennis Suarez and Hector Bellerin. With a 3-1 advantage from the first leg, Arsenal manager Unai Emery may not feel the need to play Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang and Alexandre Lacazette on Thursday night.
Arsenal Predicted lineup XI: Cech, Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi, Lacazette, Aubameyang
- Prior to last week’s first legs, these two sides have met five times competitively in the past
- Valencia won twice including the 1980 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, Arsenal once, and drawn twice
- The Gunners were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals in 2001 before being bested by Valencia again in 2003.
Valencia will have been buoyed by their thrashing of Huesca at the weekend and need to go at Arsenal to have any chance of progressing to the final. Like Arsenal, Valencia are fifth in their domestic league with the Europa League representing their best chance of securing Champions League football.
Last 5 Matches
|Huesca 2-6 Valencia||Arsenal 1-1 Brighton|
|Arsenal 3-1 Valencia||Arsenal 3-1 Valencia|
|Valencia 0-1 Eibar||Leicester City 3-0 Arsenal|
|Atletico Madrid 3-2 Valencia||Wolves 3-1 Arsenal|
|Real Betis 1-2 Valencia||Arsenal 2-3 Crystal Palace|
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