Europa League: planned alignment of Arsenal (4-2-3-1) against Villarreal

Arsenal will travel to El Madrigal for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Villarreal on Thursday night.

The Gunners did not have ideal preparation for the game after a disappointing 1-0 league loss to Everton. A howler from Bernd Leno offered the points to the Toffees.

However, Villarreal is not at its best either. The Spanish side face the Gunners following successive La Liga defeats.

The game will see the Gunners reunite with former boss Unai Emery, who is now the head coach of the Yellow Submarines.

Training: 4-2-3-1

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Leno cost the club dearly with an own goal last week, and he will aim to make amends. Mikel Arteta is unlikely to drop him for Mat Ryan despite the latter having impressed in both of his appearances for the club.

In defense, Arteta can stick to the same combination of the Toffees’ game. Kieran Tierney is in contention after recovering from a knee ligament injury, but he may not be rushed after just one training session. Granit Xhaka is likely to continue as a makeshift left-back.

No change is likely in midfield. With Xhaka potentially in defense, Dani Ceballos and Thomas Partey are the pioneers to go to the center of the park in front of Mohamed Elneny.

Further on, Arteta has a potential selection headache on his hands with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette available for selection. Both players could feature in the starting XI, along with Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketiah.

How Arsenal could line up against Villarreal statistics

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