Arsenal v Villarreal Recent Form
The first leg result means that Arsenal have won one of their last four matches in this competition. That sole win was a 4-0 victory away at Slavia Prague. Villarreal are the form team in this competition. The 2-1 win means that they have now won nine consecutive matches in the Europa League.
Arsenal v Villarreal Recent Matchups
The first leg was the first meeting between these clubs since 2009. It was the first time that Villarreal had beaten Arsenal in a competitive match. Mani Trigueros gave Unai Emery’s men the lead before Raul Albiol doubled the advantage. Nicolas Pepe scored a late penalty to make it 2-1.
Arsenal v Villarreal Stats & Analysis
The tie is hanging in the balance and the second leg will spring some other surprises. All the Gunners need to do is score and keep a clean sheet to progress to the Europa League final. That’s proven difficult for them so far. Arsenal have kept just three clean sheets in 13 Europa League matches this season. Both teams have scored in nine of them. That’s the highest figure in the competition.
The Gunners will take confidence from their opponents’ record. Villarreal haven’t won an away UEFA match in England since 2005. That was against Everton in the qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta started that match in midfield for the Toffees.
But Unai Emery is a specialist in this competition. He has a fine record in the Europa League, especially at this stage. Teams managed by Emery have won seven of their last nine Europa League semi-final matches.
Arsenal v Villarreal Bets
But Arsenal are the favourites to win this match on the night. It’s 1.98 for the Gunners to win the match in 90 minutes. It’s 3.94 for the draw or 4.50 for Villarreal to win a rare match in England. It’s 8.75 for Arsenal to secure the 2-1 win that would force extra time.
We should see some goals here. Both sides have scored in 69% of the Gunners’ matches this campaign. They’re the top scorers in the competition and they need at least one here. It’s 1.75 for both teams to score here and 1.92 for over 2.5 total match goals.
Those goals may start flying in as the game progresses. The away goal means will give Valencia some concern. The Gunners are the top scorers in the competition this season. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the game opened up as the match progressed. It’s 2.10 for over 1.5 total second-half goals and 4.50 for over 2.5.
There are some outstanding attacking players here. Nicolas Pepe is enjoying an excellent season in the Europa League. No player has had more goal involvements in the Europa League this campaign. The Ivorian has scored six and assisted four for the Gunners. Pepe is 3.15 to score at any time for Arsenal. Samuel Chukwueze tormented the English side in the first leg down that right flank. The winger is out at 5.75 to score anytime for Villarreal.