GOOD EVENING FROM VILLARREAL
Welcome to our live coverage of the Europa League semi-final first leg between Villarreal and Arsenal at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
This is an important stage in the Gunners’ season as the Premier League top four is out of reach and therefore the north Londoners can only qualify for next season’s Champions League if they win the Europa League.
Manager Mikel Arteta may be in for a major boost by welcoming star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to the fold.
Aubamayeng missed the last four matches after contracting malaria during the most recent international break but could return for Arsenal.
The Gabon international could start along with striking partner Alexandre Lacazette, who has overcome a hamstring problem.
Kieran Tierney and David Luiz have also been declared fit after overcoming a knee injury and are after a spot in Arteta’s starting line-up.
Villarreal manager Unai Emery will be facing his former club with almost a full squad to choose from, with the exception of Vicente Iborra who is out with a knee injury.
But Emery is not the only familiar face Arsenal will be facing tonight as Francis Coquelin is likely to start in the Yellow Submarine’s midfield.
The Gunners are also likely to clash with former Liverpool foe Alberto Moreno as well as Tottenham loanee Juan Foyth