Arsenal VS Villarreal Semi-final Live Football Score 29 April 2021
But on Thursday evening, the Villarreal manager and three-time Europa League winner will have the chance to get one over on his former club in a competition that arguably provided one of his darkest moments with the Gunners.
Meanwhile, fellow Spaniard Mikel Arteta, his permanent successor in north London, will be hoping the first leg of the Europa League semi-final acts as a springboard towards more silverware and a strong finish to the campaign.
Serial Europa League winner Unai Emery welcomes old foes Arsenal to the Estadio de la Ceramica for the first leg of Villarreal’s Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday. The Yellow Submarine defeated Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 on aggregate to advance to the final four, whereas the Gunners swept aside Slavia Prague 5-1 over two legs.
Villarreal manager Unai Emery – who spent 18 months as Arsenal manager – is likely to have an almost full squad to choose from. Midfielder Vicente Iborra is out with a knee injury. There are other familiar faces at Villarreal – Francis Coquelin is also potentially in line to face his former club, Juan Foyth is on loan from Tottenham and former Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno could also feature. Aubameyang has missed the last four games after contracting malaria during the March international break but could return alongside fellow forward Alexandre Lacazette, who has overcome a hamstring complaint.