Former Premier League star, Robert Pires, has predicted that Villarreal has a slight benefit to beat Arsenal when each groups conflict in at present’s Europa League semi-final first-leg tie on the Estadio de la Cerámica.

Pires, a former Arsenal and Villarreal star, believes Unai Emery’s expertise might play a serious function within the two legs.

Villarreal had eradicated Slavia Praha from the Europa League last-8, whereas Mikel Arteta’s facet knocked Dinamo Zagreb out of the competitors.

“I’ve been fortunate sufficient to play for 2 nice groups, akin to Arsenal and Villarreal,” Emery informed AS.

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“I used to be fortunate to have the love of the individuals and the 2 golf equipment, so seeing them now face one another in a semi-final is one thing particular.

“It makes me really feel unusual. I see the scenario at Arsenal with disappointment, I converse with Arteta, and I see that it hasn’t been a straightforward yr.

“What can save them is to win this Europa League and thus play the Champions League subsequent yr.

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“It’s tough to present a favorite for the semi-final. I’d say it’s 50-50. It’s tough to get it proper.

“I feel Villarreal has a bonus as a result of they’ve Emery, a coach who has finished very nicely in that competitors. It doesn’t shock me in any respect that Villarreal is again in a semi-final.

“Everybody is aware of that if you happen to go to see Villarreal, you’re going to see a great group, a group with superb gamers and that it’ll absolutely complicate issues for Arsenal.”


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