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Arsenal vs Villarreal: Europa League semi-final – LIVE!

Arsenal face a real test tonight as Mikel Arteta’s side must battle back to beat Villarreal if they are to reach the Europa League final.

Arsenal were arguably lucky to escape Villarreal with just the one-goal deficit, and must put in a far better performance tonight in north London if they are to stand a chance of progress.

Manchester United are huge favourites to see off AS Roma in the other semi-final, so Arsenal will likely be battling for the opportunity to complete a clean sweep for English teams after Manchester City and Chelsea reached the Champions League final earlier this week.

With kick-off at 8pm BST, follow all the action on our LIVE match blog with Simon Collings at the Emirates!

Live updates

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Crowds and numbers gathering outside, but calm inside…

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Prediction

Arsenal’s home form has been dismal of late and are unlucky to be in with a shout of reaching the final after a disastrous opening hour in the first leg a week ago.

They must start quickly, which they did against Newcastle at the weekend even with a number of changes.

However, Unai Emery is the more experienced – and more talented – of the two managers and that should see the Spanish side through, though it will be tense.

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The Arsenal coach has arrived..

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Simon Collings
Simon Collings
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Simon Collings outside Emirates Stadium

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There was always the prospect of further protests from Arsenal fans tonight, and some supporters are already starting to gather outside Emirates Stadium. 

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Early Arsenal team news

We’re expecting confirmed team news in about an hour but Kieran Tierney could make his return from a knee injury.

The left-back could be recalled for his first appearance since April 3, while striker Alexandre Lacazette has overcome a hamstring issue and may also be involved.

Centre-back David Luiz suffered a hamstring injury of his own in Sunday’s win over Newcastle and is unlikely to feature, while midfielder Dani Ceballos is suspended after being sent off in the first leg.

Arsenal provisional squad: Leno, Ryan, Bellerin, Cedric, Chambers, Gabriel, Mari, Holding, Luiz, Tierney, Xhaka, Elneny, Partey, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Willian, Pepe, Aubameyang, Martinelli, Lacazette, Nketiah, Balogun.

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Where to watch Arsenal vs Villarreal

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.

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Arsenal vs Villarreal is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off.


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