With Mikel Arteta’s men spent entirely this campaign in miserable form in the domestic league, which saw them sitting ninth position on league standings with 49 points, their hope of qualifying for the European competitions next season through league standings remains doubt.
The Gunners have only four remains fixtures in Premier League, and encounter with local rivals Chelsea is part of game while remaining are West Brom, Crystal Palace and Brighton.
So, even if they managed to get nine at of twelve in their remaining four fixtures, their hope of qualifying for the European competitions next season remains doubt.
Their chance of getting into European competitions next season, based on their outcome result on Thursday evening when they lock horns with Villarreal in the Uefa Europa League semi-final second-leg tie at Emirates stadium.
The Gunners ended the first-leg tie in disappointing display as they suffered away defeat to the Yellow Submarine last week, but still have important away-goal, scored by Nicolas Pepe through spot-kick after Bukayo Saka was foul inside the box.
So, Mikel Arteta & co. will be aiming to overturn a 2-1 deficit against the La-Liga side when the two teams meet for the decisive second leg at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.
And ahead of second-leg tie with Yellow Submarine, there’s a lot reports came from Emirates stadium this morning concerning on Gunners players that are battle with injuries problem.
Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney remain doubt for Thursday selection despite both involved in individual training in the couple of days.
According to Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, both Lacazette and Kieran Tierney, who establish himself as one of pivotal player in Arsenal first-team, doubt for return to action against Villarreal on Thursday.
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When ask about the fitness of both Laca and Tierney ahead of second-leg tie against Villarreal, Arteta said: ‘They haven’t trained with the team yet, so I think they’re unlikely to be available,’.
Unfortunately, David Luiz then got injured during the match against Newcastle United, and the early signs are that it looks like he’ll miss the Villarreal second-leg.
‘He felt something in his hamstring so it’s not good news,’ Mikel Arteta said after matches.
‘He’s put in such a shift to be back with the team for the last few weeks after the knee surgery. It’s a real shame.’
There’s no signal of injury concerning Gabriel Martinelli, who was huge takcle by Fabian Schar while Martin Odegaard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who impressive return to starting XI against Newcastle expected to be in contention on Thursday evening.
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Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe, who was given a breather in Gunners’ victory over The Magpies, expected to back in action on Thursday while Granit Xhaka is likely to return to midfield options since Dani Ceballos was suspended.