Our prediction for this Europa League match:
A place in the Europa League final will be at stake when Arsenal and Villarreal take on each other at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners scored an important away goal in the first leg, and, as a result, a hard-fought 1-0 win would see them book their place in the Europa League final. A man to watch in the home team will be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who impressed in the 2-0 win over Newcastle United. Both Lacazette and Tierney are rated doubtful for the game.
The Yellow Submarine, on the other hand, are on a quest to defend their slim lead in the return leg. Manu Trigueros returns from a domestic ban, while both Foyth and Iborra are likely to miss the game through injury. Unai Emery rested several first-team regulars in the 1-0 win over Getafe, but he is going to field the best possible side against Arsenal. The Gunners are a real force to be reckoned with at home, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Premier League side.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain.
This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot.
Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.
This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3rd on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.
The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.