Emery goes with the back three: Valencia v Arsenal team news

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Arsenal team news

Arsenal take a 3-1 lead into tonight’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Valencia. Will it be enough to see us through to the final on May 29th?

Here are tonight’s official line-ups.

Valencia: Neto, Gabriel, Guedes, Gameiro, Parejo, Gaya, Coquelin, Wass, Rodrigo, Piccini, Garay

Subs: Domenech, Roncaglia, Soler, Diakhaby, Lato, Torres, Santi Mina

Arsenal: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Subs: Leno, Elneni, Mustafi, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Nketiah

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Gamzini
Gamzini

No issues with the lineup BUT we’ve said that a few times before shocking performances…let’s turn up tonight
COYG

goonero
goonero

Plenty of issues with the lineup let’s be real, but that’s as good as we’ve got right now so let’s be as positive as we can!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

On a good day it’s a good team

Let’s hope it’s a good day

Giovani
Giovani

Come on Arsenal!

Good Ebening
Good Ebening

Strong team. Hope it’s enough to do the job tonight. COYG

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Come on, let’s wash the bad taste of last night.

Truj
Truj

Do not allow such games on TV! Jesus, childrens watching it…

ForeignGooner
ForeignGooner

Such a horrible night, last night.

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

No mustafi😍😍😍😍

truj
truj

But there is the Arsenal

FMT
FMT

The last four premier league games showed Mustafi is not our only problem

Dial square
Dial square

Let’s hope Ozil turns up

Martin
Martin

He certainly did in the first leg

shokim
shokim

C’mon The Arsenal! The final in Baku is beckoning.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Gabriel fires a cross in, hits Coquelin in his coq and bundles it over the line for the winner. Most Arsenally way to lose ever. Hope not though. Hope not though. COYG!

Hantal
Hantal

Why not the same scenario but as an own goal?

Goondar
Goondar

Ok not seeing Mustafi there gives me hope but Xhaka? hmmm…………….

Martin
Martin

Was great in the first leg and a great passing range. Who is better in that position?

Vince
Vince

A new signing?

Frog
Frog

Lans

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Someone on here yesterday said:

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

I thought it worth repeating.

COYG!

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

So do you think Emery’s thinking about our version of parking the bus (which is more like parking two minis, one at each corner flag)?

I wish I thought we could hold them to 1 goal.

David C
David C

Go for the away goal!!! Please don’t sit back and try to defend for 90 mins.

The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

Yes, this seems to be our best side at the moment.

The_Kolkata_Gooner
The_Kolkata_Gooner

Except with Leno in goal.

Martin
Martin

On current form Cech is better.

Hantal
Hantal

No he’s not

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

“Ohhhhhh yes he is”! Sorry very nervous….:-)

Pajanee
Pajanee

Hope our players saw the passion of liverpool players vs barcelona. I haven’t seen that at arsenal for a long long time. Hope they play with their heart tonight coz i do feel there is somehow quality in this team but we lack mental strengh and the passion…..

COYG….make us proud…win the europa league and i won’t care whether spurs win the champion league or not.

Hantal
Hantal

Lineup looks the best we can do (keeper maybe could be changed)
It’s motivation tonight and need something from Ozil

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

For me, tonight is all about our three attacking players creating a goal or two?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Like that!!

Mark
Mark

He at least got the lineup right for what he has available. Pretty sad state of affairs when you look at the bench and who we can bring in to change a game.

Leon
Leon

I have a feeling that Emery’s future will be depending upon this result.
We go through and win it the premier league shambles will be forgotten – first season settling in jitters.
But if we go out tonight – I cannot see Emery sticking around long…

Michael
Michael

It’s gone that low that we get Robbie fucking savage commentating….. FFS

Hantal
Hantal

Honestly I prefer savage to the others

Leon
Leon

Deja Vu?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Looking ok so far

Hantal
Hantal

For fucks sake why is mkhitaryn coming on?

Hantal
Hantal

I’m too old for this

Santori
Santori

Back 3 is it. Doesn’t matter who but back 3 please.

1) Better balance supporting a high press by two strikers up top.

2) Better support for the midfield and protection in wide areas.

3) Extra man to sweep up if need be.

Having said that, we still (are in the habit) of conceding two goals.

BUt had we played back 4 (like last 4 PL matches) we would have been in trouble.