Arsenal’s misery in the Premier League continues as they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Leicester City in their last match. Unai Emery’s side are currently in the fifth place in the league table, and there is a realistic chance of them not ending the season among the top four.
However, the Gunners have done well on the European stage this season and are set to take on Spanish side Valencia in the semifinal of the Europa League. The north London club decimated their opponents over the two legs of the quarterfinal and will be looking to repeat their performance when they take on their Spanish opponents in their next match at the Emirates Stadium.
Emery has several key players injured ahead of the crucial clash and might struggle to put up a strong enough team against his former club. Players like Aaron Ramsey, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are all out with injuries and are set to miss the next match. Denis Suarez has also confirmed that he will not play for the rest of the season. Mesut Ozil and Nacho Monreal are recovering from their respective injuries and would be assessed ahead of the encounter.
Petr Cech was in good form against Napoli in the last two matches in the Europa League and would start once against Valencia.
Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Laurent Koscielny are set to start in the backline for the next match. The Arsenal defence had nightmarish outings in the last couple of games in the Premier League and would look to make amends for their mistakes against Valencia.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles would start in the right wing back position along with Sead Kolasinac putting in a shift from the left. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira would start in the middle of the pitch while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to replace Ramsey in the attacking midfielder position.
Both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had their moments while leading the line for their side in the last couple of matches. The duo is once again expected to start up front against Valencia and give their fans something to cherish about in the next encounter.
Predicted Formation: 3-4-1-2
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