We will not get an English final in the European League. Villarreal put an end to that by eliminating Arsenal. After winning the first leg, a boring 0-0 score in London was enough. Unai Emery gets his fame against the former Arsenal club.
Arsenal – Villarreal in short
- Important moment: Aubameyang was almost the man of the night. A cross from Bellerin drops perfectly into the Gabonese striker’s head ten minutes before the end. Only the post is the one who keeps Villarreal away from the opening goal.
- Man of the matchKaito: It wasn’t offensive much today. The best player in the match was Raul Albiol. His unbeatable Spanish retirement blanket was in the air, as he launched his men towards the first European League Final.
The first half helps sleep
The mission was clear for Arsenal from the start. After losing the first leg, they had to beat Villarreal 1-0 or by several goals to qualify for the final. In the end, it didn’t come to that.
Villarreal was the one who got off the best from the first blocs. Samuel Chukwueze received the skin after a good team work. He shot into the far corner but goalkeeper Leno was on his toes. A little later, the Nigerian was injured. Without it, the fire is out of the game. We arrived at the mesmerizing first half.
Even Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was noted. The striker, who has been out of action for months due to malaria, got the ball in his feet after some bickering. The Gabonists did not hesitate and directed the flogging at the standing.
Pala keeps Arsenal out of the final
It was as if Mikel Arteta had read his Levitical forces during the intermission. Arsenal began the second half sharply. Pépé and Smith-Rowe missed the chance to win 1-0.
Villarreal thought it was okay. The Yellow Submarine was sure of the final 0-0 and focused mainly on defensive organization. Arsenal felt water on their lips and Arteta unleashed his forces in a final attack.
That almost led to another goal. A Pelerin cross fell on Aubameyang’s head. Gabon’s header fell on the post. Bad luck for Arsenal. Lucky for Villarreal, who can prepare for the Europa League Final for the first time.
Aubameyang is close to the goal of recovery