UEL SF 1st Leg: Arsenal v Valencia | May 2, 2019 20:00 BST | BT Sport

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by American_Gooner, Apr 30, 2019.


Match Prediction

Poll closed May 2, 2019.
  1. Arsenal Win

  2. 0-0

  3. Score Draw

  4. Valencia Win

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  1. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator


    2 days until kick-off and nobody else made the thread so **** you guys

    • This season Arsenal cruised through to the knockout phase from Group E, dropping just two points as they qualified with two games to spare, but they had a scare in both the round of 32 and round of 16 against BATE Borisov and Rennes respectively before winning home (2-0) and away (1-0) in the quarter-final against Napoli.

    • Valencia's autumn campaign was in the UEFA Champions League, where they finished third behind Juventus and Manchester United in Group H (W2 D2 L2). They are unbeaten in their six UEFA Europa League matches, having knocked out Celtic and Krasnodar before claiming quarter-final victories in both legs (3-1 away, 2-0 home) against fellow Spanish side Villarreal.

    • The clubs have been paired together in UEFA competition on three previous occasions, Valencia coming out on top each time.

    Team News:
    Özil & Monreal doubts
    Ramsey still out
    Coquelin suspended

    No idea what he'll do team wise but this is probably the strongest front 6 on paper with the players available, could do with Monreal being fit
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  2. Oh_Snap

    Oh_Snap Well-Known Member

    Auba on the wing is kind of sad. It's not his best position but he's the best fit for it that we have.
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  3. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Vinai Venkatesham Stan

    A nice 3-0 win, confirm our place in the final please, that's all I ask.
  4. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Got Swerved By Gallas Trusted

    I was wondering who was actually going to make one :lol: we’ve all had our records ruined in recent weeks.

    All jokes aside, good post and agree on line up. Maybe Monreal for Kolasinac but it shouldn’t matter.

    We need to do our best to put them to the sword first leg. They’re a good outfit and like us are in a real battle for top four and CL football next year.

    Honestly the EL is probably their best chance of getting there. Got a good team but no better than Napoli really.
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  5. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    Yes expected we stay with same line formation.
    Niles Sokratis kosh monreal
    Xhaka Torreira
    Mkhi Özil auba
  6. Mo Britain

    Mo Britain Doom Monger

    We need above all to avoid them scoring, I just don't know how that will happen given our last three games. 0-0 wouldn't be great but wouldn't be a disaster. If we go to their place needing to win, we won't.
  7. Vinci

    Vinci The Sultan of Unai

    Finally a thread.

    Really have no clue what to expect for this one. Can see us cruise to an easy win or might as well sh*t the bed again.
  8. lamby22

    lamby22 It's Not Lupus

    I have a ticket for this one so we'd better win.

    Finally have the chance to lay the ghost of John Carew to rest. Knocked out by Valencia and his goals in 2001 and 2003.

    Whatever team and formation we go with at least one player will be starting that hasn't done enough to merit his place - Iwobi, Mkhi, or Guendouzi. Sadly we are at the bare bones and one of them will have to play. They'd better step up.
  9. lamby22

    lamby22 It's Not Lupus

    Just had a thought. They sold us Mustafi. I hope we hammer them into next week.
  10. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Got Swerved By Gallas Trusted

    2003 was one of my earliest football memories actually.

    I remember Henry getting that hat trick vs Roma before Carew did us in the final game. If we’d have beaten Roma at home I think we’d have been in the quarters.
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  11. darkgunner

    darkgunner Well-Known Member

    We'll probably need the back 5 for this one


    Sokratis - Koscielny - Monreal

    AMN -------------------- Kolasinac

    Torreira Özil

    Nketiah Aubameyang Lacazette

    Bench: Leno, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Willock, Guendouzi, Saka
  12. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    It just got to be time we start winning again! Hopefully we are in for some fireworks!
  13. Harry Hunter

    Harry Hunter Active Member

    Özil as a cm?
  14. Giroud12

    Giroud12 Well-Known Member

    Mkhi and Iwobi has done absolutely nothing lately to warrant a place in this team. Throw Nketiah or even Saka on instead.
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  15. alboots101

    alboots101 Well-Known Member

    I’ve always tried to be positive but I’m struggling with this game, I’m kinda hoping that our p*ss poor form in the league is to lure Valencia into over confidence. I do think we’ll score, I also think we’ll concede so we have to score 3 or 4.
  16. rockofcashel

    rockofcashel Active Member

    put Leno in goal. he's the better keeper. Simple.
  17. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    Wow that's a long suspension!

    Team News:
    Özil & Monreal doubts
    Ramsey still out
    Coquelin suspended
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  18. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    I have no reason to feel like this but I think we'll be great on Thursday! 3-0
  19. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    The likes of Rodrigo and Gudes if us being sloppy they'll punish us also Parejo is good in set pieces. Napoli were much stronger team than Valencia and we knock them without conceding it all depend on our c**ts.
  20. yybecause

    yybecause Formerly known as ArsenaLover

    Iwobi Laca Auba

    Xhaka Torreira Matteo

    Nacho Kos Sokratis AMN
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