Valencia v Arsenal: Europa League semi-final, second leg

Bessie Dean
May 10, 2019

Arsenal travel to Spain to take on Valencia in the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals this Thursday.

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Chelsea return to London after fighting to a 1-1 draw, in Germany, over the first leg.

He forms a risky duo in attack alongside the in-demand striker Luka Jovic, who has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, with Sebastian Haller on the bench after missing the first leg because of injury.

Chelsea enter Thursday enter off a 3-0 win, over Watford, this past weekend and are now unbeaten in their last five games.

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Chelsea last won the Europa League in 2013, a year after they had clinched the UEFA Champions League with victory over Bayern Munich.

Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fires in Arsenal's equaliser against Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium.

Chelsea will now face Arsenal and their former goalkeeper Petr Cech in an all-English final at Baku and Hazard wants to add one more winners' medal to his Blues collection.

In extra time, Luiz and Zappacosta were forced into desperate clearances off the line from substitute Sebastien Haller as Ross Barkley and Gonzalo Higuain, on for Giroud, had chances for Chelsea. "He could end up winning the Europa League and finishing third, and you'd have to say that's a fantastic season for Chelsea".

"We have learned from last season and this year we didn't make mistakes". And Valencia tend to be more unsafe at home, winning each of their last eight home games in this competition without, mind you, facing an attack as potentially fearsome as Arsenal's. I said I was sorry but we always keep moving forward and today was another game and we are happy to get to the final'.

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