Arsenal v Villarreal Confirmed Team News & Predicted XI for a final place

Arsenal have the task of overturning a 2-1 deficit to Villarreal reach the Europa League final, and could well have a full squad of options available.

The only players who are definitely missing are Alex Runarsson, having been replaced in our Europa League quota by January signing Mat Ryan, and Dani Ceballos(suspended).

David Luiz made his return to action after over a month out on Sunday, but failed to make it through the full 90 minutes before picking up a new injury, but Arteta claimed in his press-conference(via Arsenal.com) that he could well feature.

Kieran Tierney and Alexandre Lacazette were doubts for the big match however, but with both returning to full training yesterday with the rest of the squad, there is hope that both could well feature to some extent.

Predicted Arsenal XI:

Leno
Chambers Holding Gabriel Tierney
Partey Xhaka
Saka Odegaard Smith Rowe
Aubameyang

While Laca and Tierney are likely at similar points in their recovery, I imagine that the Scot’s participation would be more crucial to our bid to reach the final, which is why I’ve included him.

That front four could have been named even with Lacazette back to 100%, which is another reason why this could well be the tam that starts.

Tierney’s return would also allow Xhaka to return to his more comfortable role in midfield.

Nicolas Pepe also deserves a mention, having returned to form in recent weeks, and I would be shocked if he didn’t come off the bench assuming he does miss out on the starting line-up.

Who do you believe should be starting this evening? Would the above XI be strong enough to reach the final?

Patrick

Tags Europa League Villarreal

35 Comments

  1. instrooments says:

    odegaard should be benched..

    Smith Rowe, Pepe should start at their best positions, then martinelli, laca, Odegaard can come in second half, we might even get to extra time who knows..

    my preferred line up

    Ryan
    Chambers Holding Mari xhaka
    El neny. Partey
    … …… Smith rowe. ……..
    Saka.. …. …Aubameyang… …pepe

    Tierney might not b 100% to face chukwueze, Xhaka can man mark well
    .his sole focus should be marking chukwueze out of the match…

    Then Pepe and saka can commit more villareal players to fouls and subsequent yellow cards to nullify their pressing…

    1. Alex says:

      Yeah
      You got it right pepe and saka can lead them to foul even red cards

    2. Joe Allysons says:

      It’s odd that I seem to be the only person who noticed how villareal hurt us last time around. In as much as we blame Ceballos for what he did, He was exposed. When did it become normal for a fullback to run at a central midfielder?

      Three instances :
      1. The first goal, Foyth runs at Ceballos, forces him narrow to isolate Xhaka with Chukwueze , slides the ball out to Chukwueze, then instantly it’s 3 v 2 there because Foyth, Chukwueze and a central midfielder are in the same area.

      2. In the second half, again Foyth breaks towards Ceballos, Mari doesn’t know whether to come or go, Xhaka definetly can’t come lest Chukwueze is played in behind him, it ends up in a one on one against Leno and we get lucky

      3. Foyth breaks towards Ceballos who this time tries to be cautious and commit to the tackle. mistimes and gets yellow.

      One recurring theme .A fullback running at a CM. Most fullbacks are obviously going to be faster than CMs and that’s why ordinarily, That wouldn’t happen. What then was the problem?

      That fullback was Pepe’s man.

      1. instrooments says:

        Nice observation Joe..

        I would have preferred martinelli in place of Pepe to press up-top ( but Arteta wouldn’t leave Pepe out due his recent form in Europa) , so option b is playing ESR in the middle, the lad is a hard worker and would compliment Pepe.. As seen in the slavia game

    3. gabi fan says:

      my preferred line up
      leno
      cedric gabriel mari tierney

      xhaka partey
      pepe smith rowe martinelli

      aubameyang

      1. Charles says:

        Good lineup. But I prefer chambers in place of Cedric and holding in place of Mari

      2. gafzzy says:

        Remember that both Gabi and Mari is left defender huh?

    4. Harlajor says:

      You are very right……ESR should start ahead of odegard

  2. Stephanie says:

    Fingers crossed 🤞 that MA starts the right players and subs properly

    COYG 💕

  3. PJ-SA says:

    My preferred team would look like this:

    Ryan
    Chambers Holding Mari Tierney
    Partey Elneny
    Saka Smith Rowe Aubameyang
    Laca

    Odegaard & Pepe off the bench early if needed. Partey can be the supply from deeper midfield. Xhaka on bench and Elneny in as Villarreal are quite a mobile team and moved us around a lot.

    1. Henry Chimere says:

      I would also prefer this one

    2. gafzzy says:

      We need xhaka in that midfield bro

  4. Lawrence says:

    i think Chambers must wait for Cedric cause we don’t want any mistake this time

  5. Trevor Dearling says:

    IF tierneyplays then Pepe can play passing the ball as necessary, hindering their fullbacks attacking our midfield.

  6. Sims says:

    I’d love to see martinelli on the pitch today but it’d be nearly impossible to bench Saka and pepe atm. So maybe a second half appearances when Villarreal start to tire?

    Auba
    Pepe smith-rowe Saka
    Xhaka partey
    cedric Gabriel holding bellerin
    Ryan

    Martinelli, Laca and odegaard as subs in the 2nd half depending on the score and atmosphere of the game.
    Hopefully no Willian or strange tactics tonight

  7. Bwambale Musavuli says:

    In side of mine I prefer this line up Leno,Belerin,Tiney, Gabriel,Mari, Party,,, martnel Xhaka, Smith lacazete,Obameyaug.

    1. Tendai Nindi says:

      Cedric chambers Gabriel saka mid party Smith ordegard front martinelli auba thats a very attacking team and fast

    2. Stuarti Jarman says:

      It seems strange but I would have Elneny instead of Partey who I think has been poor since his arrival With the need to score I would be tempted to play Elneny Xhaka Smith-Rowe Saka and Pepe with Aubeyang up front only because of Lacazette recent injury Arteta should have Balogun on bench with Marinelli in preferance to Nketiah At the back Bellerin Holding Chambers as a centre back and Tierney Leno in goal but we need a new keeper for next season as Leno not good enough in a team challenging for top honours Goalkeeping has been a problem at Arsenal as last top notch keeper we had was Jens Lehmann Cech was a flop and the likes of Szczesny were just not good enough either

    3. gafzzy says:

      That is the best bro?

  8. Unge says:

    I dont know why everyone wants Pepe on the Bench,but without going to google i think he is our top scorer in Europa League.For the front 3 would be Pepe,Aaba,Saka with ESR behind them with Xhaka and Partey.No Xhaka on left back,if Tierney cant make team then Cedric

  9. SURYAMOSES OKELLO says:

    Dat lineup must include lacazette en tieney bt tz agd lineup

  10. Sue says:

    Auba to take us to Gdansk!

  11. Idris Muhammed says:

    Ofcourse for my own opinion lets pepe smith martinelle and auba start the 1st half after laca odegard come to the 2nd half

    1. GoonerP says:

      No Saka???

  12. Adajim says:

    this is a game for risk takers not going AUBA who is only when the team perform well so I’ll replace AUBA with lacca and chambers with Cedric or preferably bellerin

  13. Donabetel says:

    Let Aterta play his best squad, whether 100% fit or not because if we should loose this match, we have nothing to play for again for this season, thank you.

  14. Frederick says:

    Hector must ahead of chamber in the right back.

    1. Frederick says:

      Hector must start ahead of chambers.

  15. DANLAMI SAMUEL says:

    Go for goal Arsenal gems

  16. @darealgooner says:

    All I wanna see is Leno on the bench 😉 and yes @Sims no 🙅 Willian nor crazy tactics/subs

    COYG….⚽🏆⚽🏆

    1. Stewart Macintosh says:

      I think we live or die with Leno as far as Arteta is concerned. Will be shocked if there is a change…

  17. Stewart Macintosh says:

    I would have Smith Rowe in Odegard’s spot and put Pepe or Martinelli on the wing.

    Not sure what to do with rfb. I have no idea why but I have a feeling that Bellerin has a good game in him…

  18. Declan says:

    Ryan
    Bellerin Holding Gabriel Tierney
    Partey Xhaka
    Saka Smith-Rowe Martinelli
    Aubamayang

    1. dj jones says:

      Declan(derek )You have chosen the same line up as our family ! Good Luck BOYS

  19. Chris says:

    Leno,
    berillin. ,holding. ,Mari, saka
    Party. Xhaka
    Pepe ESR. Martinelli
    Aubeyang

    This is what I call..kill them all villa real players because apart from berillin..the wings will be deadly to contain

Comments are closed