Europa League: Resilient Villarreal hold on to eliminate wasteful Arsenal

Europa League: Resilient Villarreal hold on to eliminate wasteful Arsenal

Arsenal were eliminated in the Europa League following a 0-0 draw with Villarreal at the Emirates Stadium. 

A cagey first half from Arsenal was part of their downfall tonight. There was an improvement after the break, but not enough to get past a determined and well-drilled Villarreal, who face Manchester United in the final

It wasn't a bad start for Arsenal and were looking to score first but Villarreal survived a number of attacks. The Gunners had the ball inside Villarreal's defence and Aubameyang yet again tried to score from 14 yards but his effort pinged off the bottom of the far post before going wide. 

Villarreal had injury concern as Chukwueze was stretchered off with his hands over his face. Unai Emery will be hoping any injury is not too serious. 

In the second half, Arsenal yet again had another chance, Tierney lifted the ball over for Pepe inside the box but his shot went slightly wide. 

Aubameyang yet again hit the post. The Arsenal captain was picked out in the middle by Bellerin's superb cross, but his header hits the inside of the post before going wide.

 Villarreal will now face Manchester United in the finals of the Europa League in Gdansk on May 26.


  • Villarreal have reached the final of a major European competition for the very first time, having been eliminated from each of their previous four semi-finals - UEFA Cup/Europa League in 2003-04, 2010-11, 2015-16 and UEFA Champions League 2005-06.
  • Arsenal have failed to score in 10 home matches within a single season in all competitions for the first time in the clubs’ history.
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