Mikel Arteta & co. trip to the northeast of Valencia city on the Mijares River to take on Villarreal in the first-leg of their Uefa Europa League at Estadio de la Cerámica stadium.
The Gunners head into the game aiming of get through to the final of the prestigious Uefa Europa League after end a tumultuous week in disappointing ways.
Despite dominating possession and created a lot chance against Everton, Mikel Arteta’s men failed to converted it until 76th minutes when goalkeeper Bernd Leno turned a Richarlison cross into his own goal to give the Toffees a welcome 1-0 victory over the London club, who sitting ninth position on league standings.
As a result, Arsenal hope of qualifying for European competitions next season and win silverware this season, remains on claim Europa League titles, with also using it as a back-door into the Uefa Champions League.
And ahead of crucial clash against Villarreal, who seeing of Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 on aggregate to advance to the final four, Mikel Arteta & co. received a huge injury boost, with Tierney, Lacazette and Aubameyang included David Luiz took major part during Wednesday’s training session.
Earlier Wednesday morning, Mikel Arteta has been confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette, Kieran Tierney and club skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all in contention to face Villarreal on Thursday evening.
However, it looks like trio, who are perhaps three of the most important players in Arsenal’s entire squad, regained their fitness at the perfect time as Mikel Arteta’s squad hoping of taking their disappointing display at weekend behind and focus on biggest match of their season.
Mikel Arteta was then asked whether he had news on the missing players, and he confirmed: ‘They are all in contention. All of them. Including Aubameyang, Laca and Kieran. They are all in contention for the game. Yes it is good news’.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Mikel Arteta is likely to make a whole lot of changes to the side that struggled to break deadlock time out. So we can expect alot changes to the team that suffered home defeat to the Toffees last weekend.
Luiz has been training with first-team in couple of days and the Brazilian is likely to return to defensive unit alongside Rob Holding, who produced a big impression at the back-line this season. In goal, Bernd Leno, who handed Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton a first win in seven games by turned a Richarlison cross into his own goal last time out, expected to remain in his place.
As for the midfield, in-form Dani Ceballos in the double pivot alongside Thomas Partey while Granit Xhaka is expecting to continue in the makeshift full-back role this midweek. Despite Tierney made returned to first-team training, he’s expecting to be on bench while Hector Bellerin should ought to slot in at right-back position ahead of Calum Chambers.
Moving forward, Arsenal are likely to welcome Odegaard, Lacazette and Aubameyang back to the starting eleven. Trio alongside starlet Bukayo Saka likely to be used as attacking lineup against Villarreal tonight.
Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Holding, Xhaka; Partey, Ceballos; Saka, Odegaard, Lacazette, Aubameyang;