Date: 7th May 2021
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Emirates Stadium
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The second leg of the semi-final clash of the Europa League will be played between Arsenal and Villarreal. Surprisingly, Arsenal are down by a margin of 1 goal and need something special to pip past Villarreal and qualify for the finals. A win of 1-0 margin will also help Arsenal qualify for the final as they had scored in their away fixture. The match is scheduled to be played at 12:30 AM (IST) and the winner of this game would face either AS Roma or Manchester United.
Dani Ceballos was flashed a red card in the previous leg and he shall thus be missing out on this leg. Kieran Tierney is injured and will be missing out on this game while Alexandre Lacazette is doubtful.
Etienne Capoue was shown a red card in the previous game and he shall be missing out on this game because he has to serve a suspension. Vicente Iborra is injured and will not be able to participate in this game.
Arsenal are trailing in this contest as the scoreline of the first leg read 1-2. Nicolas Pepe was the lone goal-scorer for Arsenal in that game and the goal came through a penalty. However, Arsenal have been dealt with a blow as Dani Ceballos will be missing out on this game because of a red card which he had received in the previous game. Arsenal are also struggling to find form as they are coming on the back off a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Everton in the Premier League.
Villarreal are on top and they need to stick to their basics and play freely to safely secure a passage to the final. Villarreal had won the first leg and the two goals were scored by Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol. However, Etienne Capoue was shown a red card in the previous game and he shall be missing out on this game. Villarreal are presently in the 6th position of the Spanish Liga and are coming on the back off a 1-0 victory over Getafe. Yeremi Pino had netted the solitary goal in that match.
Probable Playing XI
Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Granit Xhaka; Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey; Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang/Alexandre Lacazette
Geronimo Rulli; Alfonso Pedraza, Pau Torres, Raul Albiol, Mario Gaspar; Francis Coquelin, Manu Trigueros, Dani Parejo; Gerard Moreno, Carlos Bacca, Samuel Chukwueze
Goalkeepers: Leno, Rulli
Defenders: Chambers, Holding, Pedraza, Torres, Magalhaes
Midfielders: Saka, Pepe, Chukwueze, Smith Rowe, Trigueros
Strikers: Moreno, Pierre-Emerick/Alexandre Lacazette
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