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Arsenal v Villarreal: Europa League semi-final, second leg – live!

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7.02pm BST

“I think that this game has come a year too early for Mikel and his merry band of ne’er-do-wells (well, apart from that FA Cup),” parps Bill Hargreaves. “They’re a team in huge metamorphosis, I hope. Quite which is the direction of change, only the gods of football (Florentino Perez et al?) know. But that success last summer, Auba’s proclamations of personal turn-around, Saka’s cheeky self-belief, and the unpredictable qualities of certain players the die is far from cast. Play up! Give the ghost of Gunnersaurus something to smile about. I saw that your prediction of LFC’s demise of about this time last year came true. Any tea-leaf readings for the Arsenal?” I fear extra-time.

6.58pm BST

No false nine malarkey today from Arteta, as Aubameyang returns to the starting lineup. But Kieran Tierney is only not fit enough for a place on the bench. Villarreal makes a couple of changes, notably at right-back, where Gaspar replaces the injured Foyth, the Tottenham loanee who tormented Arsenal last week; and in midfield, Francis Coquelin features at his old stomping ground.

Arsenal: Leno; Holding, Mari, Xhaka; Bellerin, Smith Rowe, Partey, Saka; Pépé, Aubameyang, Odegaard

Continue reading…Latest updates from the 8pm BST kick-off (first leg: 1-2)Roma v Manchester United: live with Barry GlendenningAny thoughts? You can email Paul or tweet @paul_doyle 7.02pm BST “I think that this game has come a year too early for Mikel and his merry band of ne’er-do-wells (well, apart from that FA Cup),” parps Bill Hargreaves. “They’re a team in huge metamorphosis, I hope. Quite which is the direction of change, only the gods of football (Florentino Perez et al?) know. But that success last summer, Auba’s proclamations of personal turn-around, Saka’s cheeky self-belief, and the unpredictable qualities of certain players the die is far from cast. Play up! Give the ghost of Gunnersaurus something to smile about. I saw that your prediction of LFC’s demise of about this time last year came true. Any tea-leaf readings for the Arsenal?” I fear extra-time. 6.58pm BST No false nine malarkey today from Arteta, as Aubameyang returns to the starting lineup. But Kieran Tierney is only not fit enough for a place on the bench. Villarreal makes a couple of changes, notably at right-back, where Gaspar replaces the injured Foyth, the Tottenham loanee who tormented Arsenal last week; and in midfield, Francis Coquelin features at his old stomping ground.Arsenal: Leno; Holding, Mari, Xhaka; Bellerin, Smith Rowe, Partey, Saka; Pépé, Aubameyang, Odegaard Continue reading…