Arsenal vs Valencia: Lineup Announced by Club - Ozil Starts, Torreira Benched


Arsenal will launch into their 28th semi-final in all competitions when they host Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday night.

A 3-0 aggregate win over Napoli in the previous stage earned them a place in the same stage they got eliminated from by Atletico Madrid last season.

Aaron Ramsey, the first scorer in the Gunners first leg semi-final tie could not make the squad as a result of a hamstring injury he picked up in the reverse fixture.

Similarly, Denis Suarez has been ruled out as he and the aforementioned have joined the gang of players who will not play again this season.

For tonight's game, the manager has named a strong side and we hope they do enough to recover from their recent setback of three losses in their last three Premier League matches.

Starting XI: Cech, Sokratis, Koscielny, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Subs: Leno, Monreal, Elneny, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Nketiah.


Valencia last got to this stage of a European competition in the 2013/14 season. On that occasion, they were eliminated by Sevilla who Unai Emery managed at the time.

Emery remains the only coach to have reached the semi-finals of the Europa League five times. Behind him, the highest has three.

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