The 2019 Europa League final
Arsenal took a big step towards the Europa League final this past Thursday.
They played host to Spanish outfit Valencia in the first leg of their semi-final tie.
The Gunners would go 1-0 down inside 11 minutes.
However, a brace from Alexandre Lacazette and a 90th-minute strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would ensure Unai Emery’s side had the advantage heading into the reverse fixture.
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In the other Europa League semi-final, Chelsea drew 1-1 away to Eintracht Frankfurt.
With the possibility of an all-English final, Aubameyang was asked if he wanted to face Chelsea in Baku:
“No, I don’t want them[Chelsea].
“We know they are a great team but hopefully first we will go to the final and then I prefer to play Frankfurt, because we have already played against Chelsea.
“ I know Frankfurt are really good and if we both go through to the final it will be a hard one.” As quoted by the Telegraph.
Arsenal vs Brighton
Before securing their place in the Europa League final, Arsenal must first face Brighton in the Premier League.
The clash is a must-win for the Gunners, as they are two points behind 4th-placed Chelsea.
Should Emery’s side fail to win the Europa League, they will need to finish fourth to qualify for next year’s Champions League.
As for Brighton, they start the weekend four points above 18th-placed Cardiff.
If Brighton beat Arsenal or Cardiff lose, the Seagulls will have officially staved off relegation for another season.