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Arsenal Vs Villarreal: Prediction, Team News, Stream And Odds

Robert Mann

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Arsenal Vs Villarreal: Prediction, Team News, Stream And Odds

With dreams of European silverware still very much alive, Arsenal welcome Villarreal to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

Unai Emery's Villarreal travels to north London boasting a 2-1 lead from the first leg, with Nicholas Pepe's penalty giving the Gunners hope following goals from Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol.

Mikel Arteta oversaw the Gunners' worst ever league campaign last season and the club is on course to do even worse this season - only Europa League success will do.

Unai Emery's Villarreal travels to north London boasting a 2-1 lead from the first leg
Unai Emery's Villarreal travels to north London boasting a 2-1 lead from the first leg

Emery's men are surely assured of a top-seven standing in La Liga, and given his personal affiliations with Arsenal, the Yellow Submarine's vocal leader will do everything in his power to make his return to the Emirates a memorable one.

And memorable one it may be, with more protests expected outside the ground before the game - as Arsenal fans look to push American owner Stan Kroenke into selling the club.

Thousands protested before the Gunners' game against Everton last month - could we be in for another heated reception on Thursday night?

Here, SPORTbible takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the big game.

How to watch Arsenal vs Villarreal

Arsenal vs Villarreal is scheduled for an 8pm (BST) kick-off on Thursday, May 6.

The match will be held behind closed doors at the Emirates Stadium in north London, England, due to the ongoing government restrictions regarding coronavirus.

It will be televised on BT Sport.

BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.

Arsenal vs Villarreal predictions and betting odds

As of late, Arsenal's home form has been dismal and are lucky to even be in with a chance of reaching the final after a disastrous opening hour in the first leg last week.

Villarreal have won their last four Europa League games away from home without shipping a single goal, and they have only failed to progress in one of their last 16 European ties when winning the first leg.

Emery has more than one incentive to steer Villarreal into the showpiece event, as the visiting boss not only has his European reputation to maintain, but also a sense of personal pride as he seeks to dump his former employers out of the tournament.

Arguably, Arsenal should not even be in with a chance of progressing to the final, but Arteta will aim to galvanise his troops and plenty of his big names are well-rested.

Arsenal are 17/20 to win, with Villarreal priced at 3/1 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 11/4.

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are, as always, subject to change.

Prediction: 1-1

Arsenal team news and injuries

Arteta was not able to deliver a positive update on Kieran Tierney or Alexandre Lacazette, both of whom are yet to return to training and expected to miss the second leg.

Alexandre Lacazette is yet to return to training and will miss the second leg
Alexandre Lacazette is yet to return to training and will miss the second leg

David Luiz was taken off at Newcastle United with a suspected hamstring problem, and Arteta admitted that the centre-back's injury did not look good, so Rob Holding is sure to return to the defence as Gabriel Magalhaes hopes to keep his spot over Pablo Mari.

Mohamed Elneny should earn a start alongside Thomas Partey in midfield with Dani Ceballos suspended, while Calum Chambers, Emile Smith Rowe, Saka and Pepe should all earn recalls to the starting lineup.

Villarreal news and injuries

Etienne Capoue was being stretchered off the field when the referee brandished a red card to the former Tottenham Hotspur man, and his spot in midfield should be filled by ex-Gunner Francis Coquelin.

Ex-Gunner Francis Coquelin should feature for Villarreal on Thursday night
Ex-Gunner Francis Coquelin should feature for Villarreal on Thursday night

Spurs loanee Juan Foyth impressed on the right-hand side in the first leg before being forced off with a hamstring issue, and he joins Vicente Iborra in the visitors' treatment room, but Emery has no fresh concerns from the weekend.

Gerard Moreno was both rested against Getafe with this game in mind, and Geronimo Rulli will hope to displace Sergio Asenjo in goal once again.

Topics: Europa League, Villarreal, Arsenal

Robert Mann
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