On Thursday night, Arsenal host Valencia at the Emirates Stadium, in the Europa League semi-final first leg.
The Gunners head into Thursday’s clash on the back of a three-game losing run in all competitions while conceding at least three goals in all three defeats. Last time out, Arsenal suffered a 3-0 defeat at Leicester City.
Despite the Gunners poor recent run of results, the team from north London have won their last three Europa League games, while also keeping three straight clean sheets. In fact, Unai Emery’s team has kept clean sheets in nine of their last 11 matches in the Europa League.
Arsenal are unbeaten in nine home games in the Europa League, having recorded seven victories in the process. In fact, the team from north London have lost just one of their 12 home matches in the Europa League.
The Gunners also have a highly respectable defensive record on home soil in the Europa League, keeping five straight clean sheets.
Valencia have suffered two straight defeats in La Liga. However, Los Ches are unbeaten in their last seven games in the Europa League, having recorded six wins in the process. The visitors have also scored at least two goals in three of their last four Europa League outings.
Marcelino’s team are unbeaten in three away games in the Europa League, having recorded two wins and a draw. The trip to north London will certainly be a test of Los Ches recent good away record in the competition.
Arsenal are once again expected to be without Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey due to injury. Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil are also doubts. Veteran Frenchman Laurent Koscielny is expected to return to the starting line-up. Denis Suarez has returned to Barcelona after picking up a season-ending injury.
Geoffrey Kondogbia and Denis Cheryshev are expected to miss out due to injury. Meanwhile, former-Gunners midfielder Francis Coquelin will out due to suspension. The visitors also have doubts over the fitness of Jaume Domenech and Cristiano Piccini.
Arsenal are the favourites to win this clash at odds of 21/20, while the draw is odds of 5/2 and the visitors are outsiders at odds of 3/1.
The Gunners need to up their game from recent outings to take a victory into the second leg at the Mestalla, which could be a big challenge considering their recent away form.
Will Arsenal beat Valencia on Thursday night?