Arsenal vs Valencia Match Info
Date: Thursday May 2 2019
Kick-off time: 8.00pm BST
Venue: Emirates Stadium
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Arsenal come into their Europa League semi-final first leg clash with Valencia on a terrible run of three consecutive home defeats, although they should still have the better of the Spanish who themselves are on a run of two consecutive domestic defeats. The Gunners will need to draw confidence from manager Unai Emery’s past success in this tournament and the fact that the best of their performances have come at home this season.
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Arsenal vs Valencia Head-To-Head Record
5 previous matches
March 19 2003: Valencia 2-1 Arsenal
December 10 2002: Arsenal 0-0 Valencia
April 17 2001: Valencia 1-0 Arsenal
April 4 2001: Arsenal 2-1 Valencia
May 14 1980: Valencia 0-0 Arsenal (Valencia won this European Cup Winners’ Cup final on penalties in Brussels)
Arsenal vs Valencia Stats
- Valencia have ended Arsenal’s hopes of European glory in all three previous seasons when they have met
- Los Che have also kept a clean sheet on their last three visits to England in UEFA competitions
- Arsenal have lost only three of their 15 European home matches against Spanish opposition
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Arsenal are aiming to avoid a second successive Europa League semi-final exit against a Spanish club as they take on their manager Unai Emery’s former employers Valencia.
Last season, the Gunners lost at this stage of the same competition to eventual winners Atletico Madrid and also missed out on Champions League qualification via the Premier League as Arsene Wenger’s reign of nearly 22 years ended disappointingly.
Now they are in a similar position except that Chelsea are potentially standing between Arsenal and a return to the Champions League on two fronts, both for fourth position in the domestic table and also as possible opponents in the showdown for the European trophy in Baku on May 29.
But to reach the decider, Arsenal must first get past Valencia, whom Emery managed between 2008 and 2012 before moving on to Sevilla, with whom he completed a Europa League hat-trick from 2014-16.
Although they enjoyed an excellent 2-0 aggregate success against Napoli in the quarter-finals, the worry for Arsenal here is that they had previously made hard work of getting past BATE Borisov and Rennes, losing both away legs, and more significantly that they have been beaten in their last three Premier League matches, conceding three goals in each of those.
Valencia have also suffered back-to-back defeats, but previously their form had been very solid since January and they are backed to keep the tie level for the return match back at the Mestalla next week.
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Arsenal vs Valencia Betting Tips
Draw @ 13/5 with bet365
Under 2.5 goals @ 10/11 with bet365