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Arsenal take on old friends and foes on Thursday as they travel to Villarreal for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final. Here is the predicted lineup.

 

Don’t be confused by old friends. This is not in reference to Unai Emery, who despite being a dreadful fit for Arsenal as manager never gave anything but his all for the club, but is indeed referring to Francis Coquelin! The Coq!

 

The foe element does, of course, relate to Emery who Arsenal fans had to suffer through for the best part of 19 months. The current plight has hardly been an insignificant cough and more closely resembles the slow removal of about 3,000 plasters, but the ongoing torment can be cast aside briefly should Arsenal and Mikel Arteta secure a positive result.

 

On Tuesday evening their chances of doing so were limited, only to be boosted significantly on Wednesday morning following news of returns for key quartet Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who are all in contention for Thursday.

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Villarreal: Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli to start in Europa League?

Having been mulling over his selection choices, Arteta was visibly ecstatic to reveal the news in his press conference, and knows the squad at his disposal is strengthened ten-fold to leave Estadio de la Cerámica with a smile as big as the one he tried to suppress.

If only it were as simple as that.

 

Luiz has not kicked a ball since March 21, Tierney suffered ligament damage and hasn’t played since April 3, Lacazette can’t be rushed back too soon after a hamstring tear and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t have featured in close to three weeks after contracting malaria.

 

They are all ‘in contention’, thus physically able, but none of the quartet will be match fit, which must play in Arteta’s mind not least as this is a two-legged affair.

Should just one, maybe two, of those players be available to play then it will have a big impact, especially in defence, where Tierney could return to left-back and allow Granit Xhaka to shift into midfield.

So many decisions to make but which will Arteta plump for? Here is our predicted lineup.

Goalkeeper & Defenders

Bernd Leno (GK) – Arteta will probably have been the closest he’s come to dropping Leno to date for this one. That clanger against Everton is certainly not his first this season – potentially not his last – yet there is just no way he’ll throw Mat Ryan in here for his first European fixture with Arsenal.

 

Calum Chambers (RB) – Chambers has now wrestled his way into the first choice right-back at the club, even though Hector Bellerin had started all Europa League knockout fixtures this season up including the first leg against Slavia Prague. He only did so on that occasion because Chambers was injured, and the Englishman subsequently returned to the fold for the reverse leg. He is the starter now and Arteta will keep him in.

 

Rob Holding (CB) – Despite Luiz being in contention and also boasting all the distribution traits his fellow central defenders don’t possess as skillfully, Arteta might opt against breaking up the partnership that helped concede only two shots on target in the last two outings.

 

Pablo Mari (CB) – It’s generally a big give away that the player who does the media duties ahead of European fixtures will be starting on the day. Even without Mari joining Arteta in the press conference, his leadership ability and composure in possession would’ve made him a shoo-in ahead of Gabriel, who looks like he needs some time off.

Granit Xhaka (LB) – If he’s fit, Tierney starts.

  • “I don’t know if he’s going to make it tomorrow but he wants to be as close as possible to that pitch to give himself the best possible chance,” is what Arteta said.

Knowing how vital the Scot will be, even if he only plays in the second leg, caution may be taken in regards to selection on Thursday which means another start at left-back (more like left centre-back) for Xhaka. The pacey threat of Samuel Chukwueze is a concern, however.

 

 

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Miquel Azeez Has Been Outstanding For Arsenal Un23 side this season, he continues his great run of form yesterday as score a man of the match goal to hand Arsenal Un23 side a victory in the final game of the season.

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Arsenal to agree deal with Italian head-coach

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Maurizio Sarri could reportedly be in line for a surprise return to Premier League with either Arsenal or Tottenham.

 

The Italian tactician has been out of work since being given the boot by the Serie A giants Juventus last August – in spite of guiding the Old Lady to their 36th Scudetto.

 

Sarri is understood to be eager to get back in the dugout next term, with Italian journalist Carlo Laudisa stating the 62-year-old could very well return to the English top-flight.

 

During an appearance on Radio Punto Nuovo, the Gazzetta dello Sport journalist said: “Sarri could go to England.

 

“The Tottenham solution being the most plausible, but the Arsenal bench could also become free, as [Mikel] Arteta has missed all the Gunners’ season goals.”

 

Carlo’s claim that Maurizio could return to England comes in spite of reports the veteran coach is against the idea of resuming his career abroad.

 

The former Napoli leader is reportedly concerned about upping sticks during the COVID-19 pandemic in case he is unable to return to his homeland.

 

He enjoyed success during his sole campaign in charge of Chelsea, guiding the Blues to UEFA Europa League glory with a 4-1 win over Arsenal in Baku.

 

If Sarri is indeed open to managing the Gunners, he’ll no doubt be keeping tabs on developments at the club over the coming weeks.

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Video Highlights, Full Match Analysis: Chelsea 0 – 1 Arsenal

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Emile Smith Rowe denied Chelsea the chance to cement their top-four status as he took advantage of Jorginho’s howler to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues would have all but secured their Champions League qualification with a victory which would have taken them 10 points clear of Liverpool, who have four games left to play, but after making seven changes ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final, struggled to create clear-cut chances.

Kai Havertz should have put them ahead 10 minutes in when he intercepted Gabriel’s loose pass for Pablo Mari and raced clean through, but then fired over Bernd Leno’s bar with only his compatriot to beat. Moments later Jorginho’s equally poor back-pass was kept out by Kepa Arrizabalaga at full stretch, but Smith Rowe was on hand to bundle home after being teed up by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chelsea were dominant for the large majority of the remaining 75 minutes without forcing Leno into any uncomfortable saves until the final minute. They did beat him through Pulisic’s close-range header from a corner, which was swiftly denied by a VAR review, before the German produced a stunning stop to tip Kurt Zouma’s header onto the crossbar, which was then rattled by Olivier Giroud’s shot on the rebound.

Player Ratings

Chelsea: Kepa (6), James (6), Azpilicueta (6), Silva (6), Zouma (6), Chilwell (5), Jorginho (4), Gilmour (5), Pulisic (5), Mount (6), Havertz (5).

Subs: Hudson-Odoi (6), Giroud (6), Ziyech (5).

Arsenal: Leno (7), Gabriel (6), Mari (7), Holding (6), Tierney (7), Partey (6), Elneny (8), Saka (5), Odegaard (6), Smith Rowe (7), Aubameyang (5).

Subs: Bellerin (6), Lacazette (5), Chambers (6).

Man of the match: Mohamed Elneny

What the managers said…

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports: “We had three days, we are on a good run, we had a good mood. The choices were not so good today from my side for the line-up so that’s on me. We were unlucky, of course. But we did everything today to lose.

“I’m not happy with my line-up. It’s easy to say afterwards. But it was too many changes, I should not have done it like this. It’s something in particular – but I will not tell you!”

 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports: “I don’t know how they’re going to try from the outside but from the inside, nothing is broken.

“They’re going to put things on me that I never said, you can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. You can never doubt their efforts and how much they try.”

Match stats

  1. Arsenal completed their first Premier League double over Chelsea since the 2003-04 season, while this was their first league win at Stamford Bridge since October 2011, ending an eight-game winless run there (D2 L6).
  2. Chelsea suffered only their third defeat in 26 matches in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel (W17 D6), with all three defeats coming at Stamford Bridge.
  3. Arsenal have won three consecutive away Premier League matches without conceding for the first time since May 2013 under Arsène Wenger.
  4. Arsenal have had a different player aged younger than 21 score in each of their last three Premier League matches against Chelsea – Gabriel Martinelli in January 2020, Bukayo Saka in December 2020 and Emile Smith Rowe tonight.

What’s next?

Chelsea are off to Wembley in the FA Cup final on Saturday, where they will face Leicester City; Kick-off at 5.15pm.

Arsenal’s penultimate game of the season is also in London, with a trip to Crystal Palace next Wednesday night; Kick-off at 7pm.

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