Valencia vs Arsenal
Arsenal travel to Valencia on Thursday in what could be Petr Cech’s last game in an Arsenal shirt.
The Gunners came from 1-0 down to beat Valencia 3-1 in the first-leg of the Europa League semi-final tie between the clubs at the Emirates.
An Alexandre Lacazette brace and a 90th-minute strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that night ensured Unai Emery’s side had a decent advantage for the away leg.
However, given Arsenal’s poor away record this season and the fact that Valencia have an away goal, the tie is by no means over.
The eventual winner of the tie will meet either Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt in the competition’s final.
Cech’s rallying cry
Arsenal head into the Valencia clash on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw with Brighton last weekend.
That result means that Arsenal cannot finish in the Premier League top four this term.
So, if they want to play Champions League football next season, then the Gunners must win the Europa League.
As such, ahead of Thursday’s outing, the soon-to-be retired Petr Cech has issued a rallying cry to his Arsenal teammates, as well as opening up on his career with the club:
“I’m sad on one side because my journey here is over, but we still have hopefully three weeks to go until Baku. We need to pick ourselves up and get ready for Thursday because this is most important.
“I have to say I’m very grateful to everyone because I came from a rival club and everyone accepted me.
“I’ve always believed that if you work for the team and work hard, then you’ll give everything for the shirt. Hopefully I’ve done that.
“I have to say that I hope my last game will be in Baku. That would be the best thing.
“I want to progress to the final and lift one last trophy. I think everybody at Arsenal deserves that, so I hope we can make it.” As quoted by the Mirror.