Arsenal take 21 man squad to Valencia for Europa League second-leg

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Arsenal taken a 21 man travelling squad to Spain for tomorrow night’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Valencia.

3-1 up from the first leg, the Gunners are hoping to complete the job and book a place in the final which takes place in Baku on May 29th.

The full squad is:

Goalkeepers

Petr Cech, Bernd Leno, Deyan Iliev

Defenders

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac

Midfielders

Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Ozil, Joe Willock, Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alex Iwobi

Forwards

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah

We’ll have more from Unai Emery later after he meets the press at the Mestalla this evening.

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Nkue
Nkue

Unleash nketia with p.e.a and lacca. That would keep Valencia pinned at the back. Stop the iwobi and mikhi madness for once. They don’t chase enough when we lose possession…

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

Iwobi makes me remember Theo and Gervinho at their not so best. I hope he scores a hattrick tomorrow and shuts me up

MrT
MrT

Cech
Sok-Kos-Mon
Niles-Torr-Xhak-Kol
Ozil
Laca-Auba
That should do it….

BODMAS
BODMAS

Ozil starting is a no no

Hantal
Hantal

Disagree- Ozil could really use the space that valencia are going to leave as they push for goals

Owl faced Deeney's cojones
Owl faced Deeney's cojones

Use the space to walk ?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Sadly Ozil is our only option and last hope.

Dekayz
Dekayz

Ozil slows down our game. Him and Xhaka something needs to be done with both

DyGooner
DyGooner

It’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it, but if you haven’t been watching, and you’re like some ppl who really dont understand the game and just go along with the narrative of other people who don’t understand the game, who talk negative about ozil, I’ll just point out one thing to you Ozil is our best creative midfielder and without him starting we won’t be able to create much, which means we’re going to spend a lot of time defending, and you should at least know we don’t do that too well, especially away from home.

Perry
Perry

He has made two assists this season. He is doing nothing with the ball, and barely anything without it – pointless to start him, we need to press high from early in the game and not invite pressure on. Maybe bring him on later if the game is opening up.

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

I agree with the lineup, but how many times have we said that this season?

IamaGoober

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more..

Stephen
Stephen

Once more to the bench, dear friends

Owl faced Deeney's cojones
Owl faced Deeney's cojones

I am sure Liverpool will inspire Valencia to attempt kick free kicks and corners knowing how we defend.

Alistair Bingle
Alistair Bingle

Yup our defence is terrible it’s sad to watch , I miss the old Arsenal !!!

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Maybe Emery is following our instructions on here?? This could be the problem?? 🙂

Hantal
Hantal

He’s really not

Dekayz
Dekayz

Would play Miky than Ozil in this game

A Different George
A Different George

Monreal, I player who I have always liked, has generally been awful in the recent past. I know few will agree, but I would start Mustafi and hope for the best–when he is good he is quite good. When he is bad, well, . . .

Goondar
Goondar

Let’s get this job done, secure CL football by beating Chelsea in the final and start planning for next season.

Ldngunner
Ldngunner

Team is so average just look at it smh

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

the way this week is going its a handy one for Valencia..

please god just get us over the line

Josheha
Josheha

Not looking forward to this game, as a fan I’m worried we’ll have another shithole collapse. I’ll be stressed, sweaty and probably cursing. Its another night watching from under the bed with gritted teeth and buttocks. But still…coyg

A Different George
A Different George

Come out fast and try to score. Don’t try to sit back and play on the counter, when your your team’s strength are in attacking. Are you listening Valverde, I mean Emery?

And_Unai_Said..
And_Unai_Said..

Like what you did there. “Are you listening Valverde, I mean Emery?” Very cleaver. Ironic sigh…

Archer
Archer

We won’t. We’ll press them.

N10
N10

Exactly what I was saying yesterday.

David C
David C

Valencia don’t score much so we should be able to survive if we get 1 away goal.

COYG!

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

They haven’t played us much this season though! fs 🙂

Gabriel Field
Gabriel Field

I a agree

Jack
Jack

Tbh we want to give the performance with commitment and the passion over 90 minute, and for the players to play with big personality.

the🚗2n
the🚗2n

*in the moments

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

And with intensity, in every fucking “moment” please.

Hantal
Hantal

Best possible eleven please, we need to see this out

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

*mind blown*

Hantal
Hantal

Crazy idea right?

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

Maybe he’s referring to Leno being part of the best 11, which he will not be.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Are we allowed to use all of them at once? The way we’ve played lately we could do with a few extra bods on the pitch.

Christopher Wreh
Christopher Wreh

God I hope we get through

Hank1979
Hank1979

What I wouldn’t give to have a proper central midfielder in there tomorrow night. Watching fabinho last night reminded me of gilberto Silva in his element sorting out midfield. Sadly we gave a very dopey granit xhaka to do the job. An early goal would be most welcome. A Europa league final after a typically arsenal season would be very nice.

Santori
Santori

Torreria ain’t too sharp either. Caught out several times against BHA, he’s also cost us in a run of games against Soton, BHA, West Ham. We dropped valiuable points then when he gave away the ball in critical areas or was robbed off the ball, 5 or 6 times 3 leading dierectly to goals against.

The problem in midfield derives from our back 4.

If we adopt a back 3, we instantly have the wingbacks closer to the midfielders plus the relation to the pressing higher up (Should we play two up top) becomes much more compact.

Its not just Granit. That would be too simplistic but some people like facile answers.

Scwibble
Scwibble

I’ve seen literally the same post from you at every mention of torreira in the past 5 months, sort it out m8

Ealing
Ealing

At least his posts are getting shorter

Owl faced Deeney's cojones
Owl faced Deeney's cojones

For you, Torreira cost us many games but Mustafi’s blunders are fake news.

Don't boo Paul Davis
Don't boo Paul Davis

Have you mentioned this before?

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

He he.

sambo
sambo

I have decided to play football with my friends instead of watching the game, I will dodge the score until i get home…Like i did once before and came into the house and told my wife ”dont tell me the score I’m going to watch it!” to which she replied ”thats ok because there isn’t one” (aka 0-0) LOL beautiful. I expect us to destroy them!

Stephen
Stephen

Hahaha. That’s a great line. ”Thats ok because there isn’t one.”

HansRott
HansRott

One of the few things in our favour (and 3-1 is by no means a given) is that some of our best performances this season have been in the Europa Cup.

All we, as fans, can do is hope rather than expect.

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

Yes true, but at home.

Santori
Santori

So long as we play a back 3.

We played back 4 half way through against Palace and Mustafi imploded.

BUT we played back 4 again against Wolves with the much vaunted pairing of Koscielny-Sokratis and we were decimated taken apart.

We then played back 4 yet again against Leicester and we were raped.

Arsenal has a problem playing against teams not just away from home but also the ones who sit tight and deep, adept and efficient on the counter.

Teams like above mentioned are successful bc they transition very quickly and they are economical with their chances knowing they won’t get many against ‘bigger’ teams.

I don’t expect Valencia will hold back of course having seen what Liverpool did overturning Barca.

BUT we benefit from back 4 both defensively having an extra Cback covering and offensively allowing Kolasinac and AMN better license to attack higher up.

Plus it builds a better relation for a higher pressing game between midfield and the two forwards (should we go two up top) AND adds bodies alongside Granit and Torreira (who were overwhelmed against BHA).

Again against BHA we went for back 4 and struggled, this time not in defense as much as midfield.

I’m not sure why Unai feels compelled to go to back 4. Perhaps he is concern with durability issues with (in particular) Koscielny.

But we have 4 to choose from in Mustafi-Sokratis-Kolasinac- Monreal. Plus its pretty much last couple of matches.

Going to back 4 also negated some adjustments of part of the players to a new system late on in the critical run in. Simply perplexing.

Aside from the back 4 tactical set up issues of course, we also have persistent systemic issues to address.

How we pick players up zonally is one. Particularly with teams knowing how to exploit the physical limitations of Torreira, assigning a role which does not disadvantage us with his height becomes crucial defending against set pieces.

Also equally important is our timing with the highline and our alertness when playing in particularly should the off side trap fail.

Other than that, we simply have to be more efficient with our chances. The sooner we can put a goal in against Valencia, the better psychological control we can assert on the game.

This is beneficial both for our fragile mental state as well as to alleviate any pressure to our defensive line.

Hopefully Aubameyang and/or Lacazette are razor sharp on the day. We need that away goal (or two).

Hantal
Hantal

I’m sure the downvotes are from your reputation as mostly talking crap, but you’re right here

Ealing
Ealing

Shorten your posts, please

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

Now I wan’t you to take all that creative energy and start a new Fifa Career mode with a 2nd div team and get as many Arsenal players on loan as possible.

Leon
Leon

Who cares?
After watching Liverpool last night it puts this piss awful club right into perspective.
Arsenal are finished as a big club.
We ARE the new Everton.
That is until Kroenke and that clown we have for a manager leave.
Until then expect nothing…

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Oh shit, I was getting excited about tomorrow….:-( 🙂

Don't boo Paul Davis
Don't boo Paul Davis

Liverpool felt like that when we were good.

bob
bob

The response to our legacy manager declining over the years was to hire a manager fit for Everton, and thus we nailed our position in as a club at that level. Fact remains, the board and owners haven’t done enough to help us aim higher than that, both in terms of getting in players and management, so we are pretty much getting what we paid for. Sad times… But doesn’t mean we can’t hope for different and for us to punch above our weight as best we can! 🙂

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

Blaming Emery is ridiculous, outside Auba and Laca name one player that gets in a first 11 in the top 6. Even those 2 would be rotated with another striker so yep. All the coaches fault. Well thought out.

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

What’s amazing is that we weren’t a mid-table club before Wenger left, because he had squads of similar quality for his last 3-4 seasons, both he and Emery are very good at bringing quality out of just above average talent. Respect where it’s due.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Crumbs Tim Stillman’s article makes for pretty depressing reading!!! Let’s hope the Valencia manager didn’t have a butchers!!!

Kabuttar
Kabuttar

After seeing us give up our top four spot , seeing barcelona get destroyed by liverpool , our form and style of giving up games and collapsing, ima go pray from now

Arvind
Arvind

Will need all 21 on the field

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Even then we would struggle 😐

Santori
Santori

We defo need 25 man squad next season to rotate through 3 major competitions (League, Europe, FA)

GK – Leno; (Either of Martinez or Ospina Or new keeper), (3rd/Academy)
CB – (New), Sokratis, Holding, Mustafi (and/or Chambers)
RB – Bellerin, AMN
LB – Kolasinac, Monreal
CM – (New), Granit, Torreira, Guendouzi
RW – Mhki, Nelson
LW – (New), Iwobi
AM – Ozil, Smith-Rowe
CF – Laca, Auba, (New)

That’s defo 3 in CB, CM, and Wing necessary. Keeper depends on Marintez and Ospina…CF we can risk a relative unknown younger player plus Nketiah. Should also have room in peripheral competitions for the impressive (but young Sakho)
Mavropanos should be sent out on a STRONG loan to accelerate development.

arsonwenger
arsonwenger

Ajax have been superb this season. The pick of the bunch, Van De Bleek, De Ligt, De Jong will be beyond us.

Either of Neres or Ziyech may be very useful for that wing role we need. Ziyech may have a bit more years and will be good to add in addition to Nelson and Iwobi next season out wide. Mhkitaryan we can sell if there’s a buyer. He cost us nothing.

IF new striker coming in (Welbeck out) should be relatively young bc Auba is 30+ Laca not far off. Should look for a Guendouzi equivalent may carry some risk but we also have Nketiah. Some height may be useful.

But Ajax…what belief.

arsonwenger
arsonwenger

Will still leak goal(s)

Andrew
Andrew

IAM seing the Gunner’s winning that game tomorrow,Emery should not start lwobi.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

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Auba
Auba

lol thats funny, soon they will have the UCL title BUT HELL AFTER ALL IF THIS CRAZY SHIT IN THE UCL TOTTENHAM MIGHT EVEN WIN!

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I hope some of those are playing for their careers with Arsenal tomorrow

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Who cares who we start, what player combinations we try. Every combination and permutation has let us down this year

Auba
Auba

Deyan Iliev
Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac
Mesut Ozil, Joe Willock, Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah

Martin
Martin

Very glad you’re not the manager with that team

Auba
Auba

aye this is just for playing time for Iliev and willock

Adewale
Adewale

Guys you are all correct let just hope this don’t disappoint us. Gunner’s till I die.

George
George

After the most horrible shit that just’s gone down in Amsterdam, we better do the job tomorrow.

MattC
MattC

I admire the approach but think its a hell of a risk only taking one defender

Jason daniels
Jason daniels

Its sad boys. Sours in the ucl final. I hope they motivated

George Teng'a
George Teng'a

Am extreamly happy with the team and only hard work pays. Only Mustafi should not start my prayers.

Auba
Auba

WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL! After this crazy shit in the champions league anything can happen now