As Unai Emery keeps saying, the chances of Arsenal going to the final of the Europa League remain at 50/50 despite our 3-1 lead from the first leg. The fact is that it is once in a blue moon that Arsenal do not concede away from home and if we concede the first one tonight then we are in a very precarious position. Our home win was in front of our own fans at the Emirates and they have cheered us on to an amazing home record this season, but we lack confidence without the vocal support from home Gooners.
Valencia star Kevin Gameiro, who won the Europa League three times under Emery, and also knocked Arsenal out last season as he won it again with Atletico Madrid, is very confident that his new team can come back against the Gunners rickety defence. Gameiro said: “We’re going to have chances, sure,”
“Arsenal play football and leave spaces. We are going to have chances. And two goals will be enough.
“I have not had Emery as coach for a long time. I know he will be ready.
“Going back to your old house, you will want to reach the final. We cannot hesitate and need to start this game strongly.
“It is never easy to play in a stadium with a hot atmosphere. For us it is much simpler.
“The support of the people gives you special encouragement.
“We have to look only at ourselves and if we play our game, we will win. I love this type of games.”
Let us all hope that our team overcome their awayday fears, just like they did at Napoli. I know I will get nervous if Valencia score first, never mind the players!