The pre-match scenes in north London have taken centre stage online this evening, ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Villarreal.

All to play for

Mikel Arteta and co. will of course return to the pitch shortly.

In a fixture widely regarded as the most important of the club’s campaign to date, the Gunners are set to play host to La Liga outfit Villarreal, with a spot in the Europa League final up for grabs.

As things stand, it is Unai Emery’s visitors who boast the advantage, on the back of a 2-1 victory last week.

Nicolas Pepe’s late spot-kick, though, means that Arsenal, despite having been largely outplayed at the Estadio de la Ceramica, remain in with a solid shot of keeping their Champions League hopes for next season alive and well this evening.

A lifeline for Arsenal as Pepe drives home a penalty and a vital away goal 🤞 pic.twitter.com/8c9wLTUuhJ

— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) April 29, 2021

Fresh Kroenke out efforts

As outlined above, however, ahead of the fast-approaching kick-off in north London, it is not the upcoming 90 minutes which have taken centre stage in the pre-match chatter online.

Instead, it is the scenes outside the Emirates.

This comes with the Arsenal faithful having taken to the club’s ground in their droves, to stage a 2nd ‘Kroenke Out’ protest, amid a concerted effort to push the club’s KSE owners out of the English capital:

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— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) May 6, 2021

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— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) May 6, 2021

Those to have made their way to the Emirates also made sure to provide some encouragement to Mikel Arteta’s squad, though, upon the arrival of the club’s team bus:

Arsenal fans greeting the team bus ahead of tonight’s huge game pic.twitter.com/2RB0JNCBBX

— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) May 6, 2021

Arsenal arriving at the Emirates pic.twitter.com/KTpz8SeCZN

— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) May 6, 2021

 

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