Arsenal and Villarreal both lost ahead of Europa clash

Will the poor league results affect all four Europa league semi-finalists?

This is a big week in European football for the teams that are still left yet for the four Europa League semi-finalists, they all go into the games with poor results and momentum.

Roma lost 3-2 to Cagliari

Arsenal lost 1-0 to Everton

Villarreal lost 2-1 to Barcelona

Manchester United drew 0-0 with Leeds

So, all teams will surely be looking to bounce back in the first leg of one of their key and biggest games of the season to date and for some winning the EL will be the only way into European football next season.

Roma’s loss now leaves them seventh in Serie A, three points behind sixth placed Lazio who have played two games less and any means of European football no longer rests in their hands.

Villareal also had a big game over the weekend and they too sit seventh in La Liga, one point behind fifth and sixth placed Real Sociedad (who have played a game less) and Real Betis who have played an equal number of games.

The race for top four seems out of reach for Villareal though as they are 20 points behind fourth placed Sevilla, so if they are beaten by Arsenal their only hopes of getting European football next season is by winning their remaining games and praying for a demise from the two teams above them, with five games to go.

Things looks a little better for Manchester United who have all but cemented a European place next season either way. They sit comfortable in second in the Premier League, eight points clear of third placed Leicester with five games to go, and 12 points ahead of West Ham in fifth.

So for United the worst they could get is Europa League via the league, if they do not get to the final and win.

However things are not so straightforward for Arsenal, who sit 10th in the PL nine points behind West Ham in fifth.

Reaching fifth seems all but a dream for us now so our only hope is overcoming Villarreal in the semis, and then either Roma or United in the final to get back into the Champions League.

There’s no doubt that all four teams will be fired up and raring to go after disappointing league results over the weekend.

For Arsenal and Roma, away goals will be key this week, while not conceding is also important, they need to score as many as they can to give themselves a platform in the first leg.

Now we won the FA Cup last season to get us in to Europe, so all we need to do is pass this tiny task of winning the Europa League to get us back into the Champions League and then all will be forgiven and forgotten! Right?


Shenel Osman


  1. Winning the Europa league will be a miracle. United definitely is the favorite. I have a feeling this is the beginning of Arsenal demise. No European football coupled with finishing below the top 6 in two years consecutively. We thought last season was bad not knowing this season will be worse. Give all the excuse you like to defend the manager and the players but this is the reality of things. Brace yourself for next season. Painful.

    1. Next season could be even worse if they fail to win the EL. And I sincerely doubt they will.

      Unless some transfer magic happens and they strike gold with each signing.

      I was hopeful last season, I am hopeless this season so I guess 2021/2022 will overachieve?

  2. Roma is the team Arsenal need to avoid. Roma won’t make top 4 from Serie A so must win the EL to make the CL.
    They play very defensive and can scrape a 1-0 win.

  3. Arsenal is the only club that qualified Europe with eight point last year, and I believe the same thing is about to happen.

  4. Barcelona are striving with Real Madrid to try and overtake Atletico Madrid. Yet with Lionel Messi et al they had to come from behind to beat Villarreal 2-1.
    Unfortunately Villarreal in La Liga have failed to convert too many draws (12W, 13D, 8L) into wins. Goals for 50, goals against 38 in 33 games.
    AS Roma has 16W, 7D and 10L in Seria A in comparison. Goals for 58, goals against 51 in 33 games.
    The defense of Villarreal appears better than AS Roma, therefore take Villarreal lightly at your peril.

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