Confirmed line-ups: Arsenal vs Villarreal: No Tierney, Pepe & Bellerin start

By on May 6, 2021

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Arsenal take on Villarreal at the Emirates this evening needing to turn around a 2-1 deficit to reach the final of the Europa League.

Unfortunately, Kieran Tierney is only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench so it appears Granit Xhaka continues at left-back. Although Bukayo Saka also starts so there’s a chance he could be deployed at left-back with Xhaka in midfield. We’ll have to wait and see how Arsenal line-up.

Hector Bellerin keeps his place at right-back while Arteta has gone with Pablo Mari alongside Rob Holding in the middle of the Arsenal defence. Therefore, Gabriel drops to the bench and David Luiz failed to recover from a hamstring injury.

Thomas Partey starts in midfield while Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard both start. Nicolas Pepe also gets the nod as he supports Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack. Alexandre Lacazette is back on the bench after recovering from a hamstring issue.

Gabriel Martinelli has to settle for a place among the Arsenal substitutes while Willian, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah are also options from the bench.

These are the teams for the game:


Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Xhaka; Partey, Smith Rowe, Odegaard; Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka

Subs: Ryan, Okonkwo, Tierney, Gabriel, Chambers, Cedric, Elneny, Nelson, Martinelli, Willian Nketiah, Lacazette


Rulli, Mario Gaspar, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza, Chukwueze, Parejo, Coquelin, Trigueros, Alcacer, Moreno

Subs: Asenjo, Funes Mori, Peña, Costa, Alberto Moreno, Estupiñán, Baena, Moi Gómez, Raba, Yeremy, Bacca i Niño.

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