Emery’s Villareal beats Arteta’s Arsenal logically over the two legs. We had some hope at the end of the first leg with Pepe scoring that PK that kept us in the tie but overall, we were outplayed in Spain. At the Emirates, we did not manage to take control of the game and had a very timid first half. In the second half, we started to play with poise and purpose but we were too scrappy to create real chances and when we did, the posts denied us. Auba very unlucky tonight and our club with him…
My generous grading mostly based on the second half because I do not want to think of the first half again
Leno – 6 ;
Bellerin 6, Holding 7, Mari 6, Tierney 6.5
Partey 5, Odegaard 4
Saka 6, ESR 6, Pepe 6.5
Martinelli – 5
Willian – 4
So what is next for us? There is no more real reason to play this season…except to prepare next season…
So I am hoping to see more of Balogun, Martinelli, ESR, Azeez in the starting line-up and less of Luiz, Willian and Odegaard especially…Let us give playing time to players that will be with us next year and can start positively next year. Let us focus on next year already
ESR, Partey, Saka – Pepe, Balogun, Martinelli – why not?
A sad end to the evening and really to the season but let us build for next year already.