Ex-Gunner Francis Coquelin says Valencia are ready to stun Arsenal at the Mestalla knowing full well that Unai Emery’s players have struggled away from home this season.
The Frenchman, who missed his side’s 3-1 first leg defeat at the Emirates due to suspension, pointed to a recent Copa del Rey quarter-final comeback against Getafe (when Los Ches scored twice in stoppage-time to win 3-2 on aggregate having been 2-0 down) as good reason to be confident of a turnaround.
“It would be a very special feeling to win against Arsenal, especially because I couldn’t play in the first game,” he told Metro.
“But even more it would be special to reach the final and make another small bit of history with this club.
“Away from home they [Arsenal] are a different team. They drop the intensity a little bit and that means we can score goals and do damage, especially with the attack that we have.
“The team is ready to make a comeback. The goal we scored there helps us a lot. It will be a difficult game but with the quality we have, we believe we can do it.
“The fans always help us a lot at home, they did against Getafe in the cup when we made a spectacular comeback and the team is ready to do the same again.”
While we’re pleased that Francis is enjoying life in Spain, we’d very much welcome him getting sent off for starting a brawl with his own teammates. Preferably in the opening moments of the game.