Mikel Arteta has provided a fresh Arsenal team news update ahead of the Gunners’ meeting with Villarreal on Thursday.
Villarreal vs Arsenal
The Europa League will of course return to our screens on Thursday evening.
The competition has reached the semi-final stage, with England still represented strongly.
Manchester United and Arsenal are amongst the final 4, alongside Villarreal and AS Roma.
It is the Spanish outfit whom Arsenal have been drawn against, as they aim to book their spot in this season’s showpiece.
With the Gunners languishing in mid-table in the Premier League, the Europa League now represents the club’s only real shot at securing some form of European football for the 2021/22 campaign.
However, Villarreal also currently find themselves outside of the European places in La Liga, meaning the tie is of similar importance to them.
El Submarino Amarillo, meanwhile, have Europa League specialist and former Arsenal boss Unai Emery at the helm, with the Spaniard having won the competition three times with Sevilla, before taking the north Londoners to the final in 2019.
PIRAEUS, GREECE – FEBRUARY 25: (2ndL) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring the 3rd Arsenal goal with (L) Willian, (R) Alex Lacazette and Bukayo Saka during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal FC and SL Benfica at Karaiskakis Stadium on February 25, 2021 in Piraeus, Greece. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Latest Arsenal team news
Ahead of Thursday’s game, Mikel Arteta would hold his latest press conference on Wednesday morning.
During the presser, the Spaniard discussed a number of topics, including team news.
And in a huge boost to Arsenal, when quizzed on Kieran Tierney, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette’s fitness, the Spaniard confirmed that all are in contention for the Villarreal game:
“They are all in contention. All of them, including Laca, Auba and Kieran.”
Arteta: “They are all in contention. All of them, including Laca, Auba and Kieran.”
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