Can Arsenal sink Unai Emery’s Yellow Submarine and reach Europa League final?

- Advertisement -

Arsenal face their third Europa League semi-final in four years when they come up against Villarreal and former head coach Unai Emery on Thursday evening.

With their inconsistent Premier League form leaving them some way off the top four, winning the Europa League seems the only likely way for manager Mikel Arteta to take the Gunners back to the Champions League.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the key talking points ahead of the first leg at El Madrigal.

Keep friends close and Emery closer

Unai Emery took Arsenal to the Europa League final in 2019 - where they lost to Chelsea.
Unai Emery took Arsenal to the 2019 Europa League final, which they lost to Chelsea (Adam Davy/PA)

Keep eyes on the prize

Fans protested against Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke before the Premier League defeat to Everton.
Fans protested against Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke before the Premier League defeat by Everton (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Oh Ek! Will Spotify founder be watching?

As the anti-Kroenke protests rumbled on during Friday night’s defeat by Everton, Swedish billionaire and chief executive of music streaming network Spotify, Daniel Ek, tweeted that he would be interested in buying the club.
What seemed at first like a throwaway line quickly materialised into something genuine – with Arsenal greats Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira all on board. Ek came out on Wednesday and said he has funding and is “very serious” about launching a takeover bid, something the fans will be even more keen to see if Arsenal lose this tie.

Fitness first

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest Stories

- Advertisement -

UK News

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Read the latest free supplements

Read the Town Crier, Le Rocher and a whole host of other subjects like mortgage advice, business, cycling, travel and property.