UEFA Europa League semifinals: Arsenal vs Villarreal: Villareal beats Arsenal 2-1 (Agg) to face Manchester United in the Finals.
Mikel Arteta made 7 changes from the side that defeated Newcastle last time out. Leno, Holding, Mari, Partey, Smith Rowe, Saka, and Pepe all start. Ceballos was unavailable due to suspension.
For Villareal, Rulli, Albiol, Pedraza, Coquelin, Trigueros, and Moreno came into the starting lineup.
Arsenal vs Villareal: The 2nd leg of the Europa League ended 0-0 and Villareal took the tie away 2-1 on aggregate. They will face Manchester United in the finals.
For Arsenal, it was hard to see where a goal would come from. Their football was lethargic. Rob Holding had their best chances, but he headed the ball over, twice. Martinelli added to Arteta’s frustration when he scuffed wide as a corner fell to him.
Pepe fed Bellerin who bent a comprehensive cross to Auba who headed against the post. It was his last action of the game. Lacazette came on for the final 10 minutes and quickly gave away a foul on Albiol as he fought for a Smith Rowe cross.’
Willian also replaced Tierney meaning Saka went to left-back. This was the only chance for any silverware for Arsenal. They have been poor this season, finishing midtable in the Premier League and getting knocked out in the semi-finals against Villareal.
Arsenal vs Villarreal: Mikel Arteta’s reaction