The 1-0 victory over Napoli last night gave us a 3-0 aggregate win over the Italians, and secured our passage into the Europa League semi-final.
It means we’ll face Valencia over two legs for a place in the final in Baku in late May. The dates and kick-off times have been confirmed.
Arsenal v Valencia
Date: May 2nd
Valencia v Arsenal
Date: May 9th
It’s now sixteen years since we last played the Spaniards in a competitive fixture, two goals from John Carew saw us lose 2-1 at the Mestalla in 2003, and it was the Norwegian who condemned us to a 1-0 defeat on our only other visit there in 2001.
Goals from Ray Parlour and Thierry Henry handed us a 2-1 win at Highbury in that same season, and our only other encounter with Valencia was in the 1980 Cup Winner’s Cup final which we lost on penalties – a game that I listened to on the radio and I cried after because that was two cup final defeats in a week and I was 9.
I DEMAND REVENGE!