Pre-Match Report

Valencia v Arsenal: The Brief

For the second successive season we are in Spain for the second leg of the Europa League semi-final, but this time we are taking a two-goal lead with us.

We won't know how important Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's last-minute strike from the first leg will be until later on Thursday night of course, but it did at least ensure did we go into Valencia's impressive Mestalla Stadium with history on our side.

We have never failed to progress in Europe after winning the first leg by two goals or more, and all but five of the 28 teams who have found themselves in this position in the competition's history have made it to the final.

But that's not to say Unai Emery is taking anything for granted as he heads back to the club he managed between 2008 and 2012.

Despite our 3-1 win last week, he insists the tie remains '50/50' and says there are plenty of warning signs for the team, from both recent and older history.

And after a forgettable recent run in the Premier League, the only way to lift the mood will be by taking the final step on the road to Baku.

Read on for all the latest team news ahead of the crunch semi-final, the pre-match stats and facts, quotes from Unai Emery and an expert view on the opposition.

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