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Villarreal takes on Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at La Ceramica this evening. Three of their last five domestic matches have ended in defeat for the hosts, who are currently seventh in La Liga. The visitors are currently tenth in the Premier League, having won only one of their previous five games. Unai Emery, a Europa League specialist with three titles from his time with Sevilla, named a 4-3-3 starting lineup to face his former club.

Arsenal's Dani Ceballos
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Behind a back four of Juan Foyth, captain Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, and Alfonso Pedraza, Geronimo Rulli starts in goal. The midfield is led by Etienne Capoue, with Dani Parejo and Manu Trigueros on either side. The line is led by Gerard Moreno, who is flanked by Samuel Chukwueze and Paco Alcacer.

Villarreal took the lead in the fifth minute, thanks to a goal from Trigueros. Albiol doubled their lead just before the half-hour mark, giving Mikel Arteta’s men a mountain to climb, only for things to get even worse for the Englishmen when Dani Ceballos, on loan from Real Madrid, was sent off in the 57th minute.

Source: Football Espana

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