Pre-Match Report

Arsenal v Valencia: The Brief

A win would be a good; a win with a clean sheet would be perfect.

That was Unai Emery’s neat summary of our aspirations in the first leg of our semi-final against Valencia and, although the prospect of a shutout may seem fanciful after shipping nine goals in three games, our recent record in Europe offers hope.

Nine clean sheets in 11 Europa League games is an impressive haul, and the most recent two - against Napoli in the quarter-final - offer a template for the two games against Valencia.

We need intensity and adventure, for sure, but it must be tempered by caution.

It’s matchday and you’re in the right place for the latest team news, the key stats, a test of your knowledge and an expert view on Valencia’s main dangerman. Scroll down for all that and more.


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