Tres Amigos: Valencia’s firing squad to gun down Arsenal
Arsenal host Valencia in the first-leg of the Europa League semi-finals tonight.
The Gunners have an impressive home record and are 19/20 to make it count again, but Valencia are no mugs and have ex-Reds Gabriel Paulista and Francis Coquelin in their ranks.
Stick around as we run through los chicos that Arsenal fans should be worried about…
The former Gunners defender has said he has ‘nothing to prove to Arsenal anymore’ and he’s ready to defend the Valencia badge.
Gabriel had an up and down two year spell at the Emirates Stadium, but has come on leaps and bounds back in La Liga.
The Brazilian’s consistency in 27 appearances this season is significantly greater than his time in an Gunners shirt.
But he may just have to play the best game of his Valencia career to keep out Arsenal’s exciting strike-force.
A player who is equally comfortable out wide or down the middle. Guedes has become the main man at theMestalla since his permanent arrival in the summer.
He’s netted three times in this competition, including two goals in the away win over Villarreal in the quarter-finals.
The 22-year-old is 9/2 anytime to score later, which, with Arsenal’s horrible away form could help Valencia to the final.
Gameiro has real pedigree in this competition – scoring the penalty-shoot out winner in 2014 and a crucial goal in the 2016 victory for Sevilla too.
He picked up his fourth Europa League medal with Atletico Madrid last season, helping the side bear Arsenal in the semis. So simply having him in the team could be good omen for the Spanish side.
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