Match report as Arsenal endure a 2-1 loss to Unai Emery’s Villarreal in their Europa League semi-last first leg; Nicolas Pepe’s punishment gives Arsenal trust after they fell two objectives behind; Dani Ceballos was shipped off and Villarreal likewise had a man excused

Nicolas Pepe’s punishment gave an Europa League life saver to 10-man Arsenal as they were beaten 2-1 by Unai Emery’s Villarreal in a sensational semi-last first leg in Spain.

Arms stockpile persevered through a bleak first half at Estadio de la Ceramica as poor protecting permitted Manuel Trigueros to crush home from inside the crate (5) preceding a plain Raul Albiol multiplied Villarreal’s lead from short proximity following a corner (29).

Armory were second best to their previous administrator’s side and their expectations of arriving at the last showed up in much more noteworthy uncertainty when Dani Ceballos was shown a subsequent yellow card for planting his studs on Villarreal’s Dani Parejo right off the bat in the subsequent half.

Be that as it may, the Gunners were given a barely merited course once more into the tie when Bukayo Saka was stumbled by Trigueros to win a punishment, with Pepe, who had been denied a spot-kick prior in the game because of a handball got by VAR, holding his nerve (73).

Villarreal at that point went down to 10 men themselves for the last 10 minutes as previous Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue went in late on Saka to procure his subsequent yellow card.

Mikel Arteta had picked to begin the game without a perceived striker because of wounds, however Arsenal nearly rescued a far-fetched draw when substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was just fit enough for the seat following his episode of jungle fever, was denied by Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in stoppage time.

A 2-1 misfortune, be that as it may, is an obviously better outcome than Arsenal’s general exhibition merited and the chance is presently there for them to go on a case a spot in the last in following week’s subsequent leg.


Villarreal: Rulli (7), Foyth (7), Albiol (7), Pau (7), Pedraza (6), Parejo (7), Capoue (5), Trigueros (7), Chukwueze (7), Alcacer (6), G Moreno (6).

Subs: Coquelin (7), Gaspar (6), A Moreno (6), Gomez (6).

Munititions stockpile: Leno (7), Chambers (6), Holding (6), Mari (5), Xhaka (5), Partey (5), Ceballos (3), Saka (7), Odegaard (5), Smith Rowe (6), Pepe (7).

Subs: Martinelli (6), Aubameyang (6), Willian (n/a), Elneny (n/a).

Man of the match: Juan Foyth


Arteta had communicated confidence about Arsenal’s harmed players returning in his pre-match question and answer session however Martin Odegaard was the one in particular who began, with Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney unfit to try and join Aubameyang on the seat.

Munititions stockpile’s absence of capability would demonstrate hazardous yet it was the shortfall of Tierney that hurt them for Villarreal’s opener as shoddy left-back Granit Xhaka, along with Ceballos, eased off Samuel Chukwueze, permitting Trigueros to fire home from his avoided pass.

Emery, sacked by Arsenal in November 2019 after only 17 months in control at the Emirates Stadium, siphoned his clench hands in festival in his specialized region and the early difficulty shook the guests.


Munititions stockpile just rolled out one improvement from Friday’s 1-0 misfortune to Everton, with Martin Odegaard coming into the side and Eddie Nketiah dropping to the seat.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was fit enough for the seat yet Kieran Tierney and Alexandre Lacazette were not accessible.

Arms stockpile’s apprehension was evident in stray passes and froze contacts as they endeavored to work out from the back and there was a glaring absence of forefront at the opposite end, leaving Emile Smith Rowe with little to work inside the bogus nine positions.

Armory didn’t marshal a shot until the 26th moment when Saka twisted inefficiently absurd, and their solitary different endeavors of the primary half elaborate Thomas Partey shooting a long-range exertion into the stands and Rob Holding heading gently wide from a free-kick.

Villarreal, in the mean time, kept on looking undermining, springing forward each time they denied Arsenal of ownership and focusing on the Gunners’ left side, where Chukwueze and right-back Juan Foyth ended up with a lot of room to work in.

It was from a set-piece, however, that they struck their second as Arsenal left two men plain in their own six-yard box from a corner, Albiol tucking home Gerard Moreno’s flick at the far post.

Arms stockpile was reeling however out of the blue they were then granted a punishment when Pepe was stumbled and arbitrator Artur Dias highlighted the spot, just for the choice to be toppled as a VAR survey showed the Ivorian had taken care of the ball in the development.

Pepe would need to sit tight for his possibility from the spot.

Ceballos got his first reserving of the night instantly before half-time when he stumbled Foyth following another Villarreal breakaway and Arteta was then rebuffed for picking not to substitute him.

Ceballos, whose mistakes nearly cost Arsenal in the round of 32 against Benfica, had been lucky to stay away from a subsequent yellow card for a reckless foul minutes after the break however there was no respite for him when he left a foot in on Parejo soon a short time later.

It appeared to be Arsenal’s expectations of arriving at the Europa League last, their solitary any desire for meeting all requirements for next season’s Champions League, was getting away from them as Villarreal attempted to squeeze home their man advantage.

Bernd Leno made a brilliant save from Chukwueze to keep them in the tie and afterward made a far better one from Moreno after he had been played in on objective by previous Arsenal man Francis Coquelin.

Be that as it may, Arsenal, floated by Leno’s heroics, at that point won their possibly significant punishment as Saka’s fraud constrained the blunder from Trigueros. Pepe opened the spot-kick down the center.

Another layer of dramatization was added to a turbulent evening when Capoue saw red, harming himself simultaneously, and a tie that had nearly gotten away from Arsenal abruptly shifted in support of themselves.

The Gunners should show impressive improvement in following week’s second leg at the Emirates Stadium on the off chance that they are to progress to the last, where they would almost certainly confront Manchester United, 6-2 champs against Roma in the other semi-last, yet Pepe’s punishment has in any event given them trust.


Mikel Arteta: “We would not like to come here and lose clearly yet the manner in which the game created, being 2-0 down and with 10 men, it’s presumably the best outcome we could have.

“They were two unique parts. In the primary half, there were such countless minutes that we weren’t us. We weren’t clear with our high press, we were disordered, we were not exact with the ball and we needed more control.

“We needed more danger or want to assault the case yet in the subsequent half, it was totally unique.


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