Spanish Side Villarreal welcome Premier League outfit Arsenal (Villarreal vs Arsenal) as both teams square off in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals on Thursday. The first leg of the final four in the competition is all set to be played on April 29 at the Estadio de la Cerámica.
Catalan giants Barcelona defeated Villarreal 2-1. They will also need to recover in this game. On their day, the Yellow Submarines can be very spectacular. Unai Emery, the manager, has a case to prove against his former team on Thursday.
Arsenal is currently placed tenth in the Premier League standings. The Europa League represents a chance to save the rest of their season. Everton shocked Arsenal over the weekend. This week, they cannot afford another disaster.
Teams current forms:
Arsenal have a sound record over Villarreal, having won two of the four meetings between the two teams. Villarreal has never beaten Arsenal in an official match and will look to change that this week.
The last encounter between the two teams took place in the UEFA Champions League in 2009, and Arsenal won convincingly 3-0. Villarreal has made significant progress in the last year and will be able to bring up a better fight on Thursday.
Villarreal form guide: L-L-W-W-L
Arsenal form guide: L-D-W-W-D
Villarreal vs Arsenal Team News
Villarreal will start the match against Arsenal with most of their players in contention as Vicente Iborra is the only first-team player whom Unai Emery will not be able to call upon. Apart from the midfielder, the Spanish outfit has the majority of first-team picks available for the clash as they prepare to welcome their English counterparts.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both ruled out of this match. Eddie Nketiah will have to lead the line for Arsenal. David Luiz and Kieran Tierney are also struggling with their fitness. They will be unable to play a part in this fixture.
Villarreal vs Arsenal Predicted XI
Villarreal Predicted XI (4-3-3): Geronimo Rulli; Alfonso Pedraza, Pau Torres, Raul Albiol, Juan Foyth; Etienne Capoue, Manu Trigueros, Dani Parejo; Gerard Moreno, Carlos Bacca, Samuel Chukwueze.
Arsenal Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Rob Holding, Granit Xhaka, Pablo Mari, Hector Bellerin; Thomas Partey, Dani Ceballos; Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe; Eddie Nketiah.