[Teams] Valencia vs Arsenal: Confirmed line-ups from the Mestalla Stadium
Arsenal will be looking to book their place in the Europa League final when we take on Valencia in the second leg tonight. Here are the line-ups:
Arsenal will be looking to book their place in the Europa League final when they take on Valencia in the second leg of our semi-final this evening.
Unai Emery has moved to a back three with Laurent Koscielny recalled after being rested for the 1-1 draw with Brighton at the weekend. The Frenchman lines-up alongside Sokratis and Nacho Monreal with Shkodran Mustafi the man to make way.
Petr Cech comes in for Bernd Leno in goal while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac fill the wing-back roles. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira keep their places in midfield so Matteo Guendouzi and Mohamed Elneny have to settle for places among the substitutes.
Mesut Ozil gets the nod in attack for this crucial away game so fans will be hoping he produces a memorable performance. The German playmaker supports Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in attack tonight.
That means Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are named on the bench along with youngster Eddie Nketiah so Emery has attacking options if needed in the second half.
As for Valencia, Gabriel Paulista and Francis Coquelin start against their former club while Rodrigo is preferred ahead of Santi Mina in attack.
Here are the confirmed line-ups:
Neto, Piccini, Paulista, Garay, Gayà, Wass, Parejo, Coquelin, Guedes, Gameiro, Rodrigo.
Subs: Domenech, Roncaglia, Soler, Diakhaby, Lato, Torres, Santi Mina
Cech, Monreal, Mustafi, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Özil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Subs: Leno, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Mustafi, Guendouzi, Nketiah.
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