June 16, 2021

LIVE: Villarreal vs Arsenal

15′ Good move! Pepe does well down the left wing, he takes on Foyth and manages to get a good low cross into the penalty area, but it is well blocked at the near post.

13′ Arsenal are yet to get going, they haven’t settled into their rhythm and the hosts look far more comfortable, especially with their early lead.

11′ Trigueros’ strike was the earliest Arsenal have conceded in European competition since September 2016, when Edinson Cavani scored after 42 seconds for PSG in the Champions League.

9′ Villarreal look full of confidence and are constantly getting at the Gunners down the wings. Pedraza has just taken on Chambers down the left and whipped a good low cross into the box, but Leno comfortably gathers.

7′ Arsenal haven’t touched the ball much so far in these opening few minutes, they’ve got it all to do to get something out of this game. An away goal is vital.

S. Chukwueze



5′ Chukwueze tried to work space for the cross of shot himself, but couldn’t find a way through, so his team-mate picked it up instead and Trigueros produced a fine finish.

Manu Trigueros



5′ GOOOAAALLL! Villarreal take the lead after just five minutes, it’s 1-0! It comes after Chukwueze does brilliantly down the right wing, taking on Xhaka and he races into the box and tries to trick his way through, but can’t quite find the gap, with the Arsenal defence nicking it off his toes. However, it falls perfectly to Trigueros who drills it into the bottom left corner of the net from a tight angle. What a start by the hosts!

4′ Villarreal are enjoying more of the early possession here, but it is all in their own half of the pitch as Arsenal are playing a high pressing game and are keeping them penned in.

2′ Offside! Good move by Arsenal, they open up the hosts defence with a quick move as Smith Rowe feeds Pepe in behind, but the flag goes up for offside. However, after looking at the replay, it looks like Pepe was just onside.

1′ We’re under way!

The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!

Meanwhile Mikel Arteta only makes one change to his Arsenal side, with Odegaard coming into the team and Nketiah drops to the bench. There is no Alexandre Lacazette for the Gunners and Aubameyang is on the bench, so Pepe leads the line.

The hosts have made two changes to their starting line-up, with Rulli replacing Asenjo in goal and Pedraza comes into the team at left-back, with Alberto Moreno dropping to the bench.

ARSENAL SUBS: Mohamed Elneny, Mat Ryan, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, Arthur Okonkwo, Cedric Soares, Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Willian, Gabriel, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

ARSENAL (3-5-1-1): Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari; Emile Smith Rowe, Dani Ceballos, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka; Martin Odegaard; Nicolas Pepe.

VILLARREAL SUBS: Jaume Costa, Carlos Bacca, Ramiro Funes Mori, Moi Gomez, Alberto Moreno, Sergio Asenjo, Mario Gaspar, Alex Baena, Francis Coquelin, Fernando Nino, Yeremi Pino, Pervis Estupinan.

VILLARREAL (4-3-3): Geronimo Rulli; Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza; Etienne Capoue, Daniel Parejo, Manu Trigueros; Gerard Moreno, Paco Alcacer, Samuel Chukwueze.

Neither side are in good form coming into this game, with Villarreal losing their last two LaLiga games, against Alaves and Barcelona, which sees them sit seventh in the table. Meanwhile the Gunners are winless in their last two Premier League games, having drawn against Fulham, before a 1-0 defeat against Everton last time out.

Villarreal secured their place in the semi-finals after a 3-1 aggregate victory over Dynamo Zagreb, while Arsenal beat Slavia Prague 5-1 over two legs, following a 4-0 away win.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Europa League semi-final clash between Villarreal and Arsenal.