Arsenal visit Villarreal tonight as the Europa League semi-final between the two teams begins.
Mikel Arteta is looking to win his second trophy as the Gunners coach following the FA Cup triumph last season, eight months after compatriot Unai Emery replaced by the Spaniard.
Emery will actually be in the opposite shelter tonight, looking to make a mark against his former club.
The 49-year-old led Villarreal on a 19-game unbeaten streak after joining the club – a record for the La Liga side – and brought them closer to the Europa League final.
Arsenal will look to reach the flagship game instead, for the first time since their 2018 loss to Chelsea, amid speculation about a possible takeover bid from Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and former Gunners Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira. and Dennis Bergkamp.
Here’s everything you need to know about the match:
When is it?
The game will start at 8 p.m. BST.
How can I watch it?
The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 3. Subscribers can also stream the action live on the broadcaster’s website and app.
What is the news of the team?
Villarreal midfielder Vicente Iborra will miss the game with a knee injury, while Trigueros’ domestic suspension is irrelevant here. Francis Coquelin could be deployed against his former team but should start on the bench.
Arteta has said that Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz are all in the running to play tonight despite recent injuries – or illness, in Aubameyang’s case.
The planned line-ups
Villarreal: Asenjo; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Chukwueze, Parejo, Capua, Trigueros; Moreno, Alcacer
Arsenal: Leno; Chambers, Holding, Gabriel, Xhaka; Partey, Ceballos; Saka, Odegaard, Pepe; Lacazette
A cautious first leg, with Arsenal taking the lead but leaving the hosts back in the tie late. Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal.