Villarreal has a slight benefit going into subsequent week’s second conflict against Arsenal at The Emirates.
The primary leg of this semi-final conflict appeared to flee the Gunners as Manuel Trigueros and Raul Albiol’s first-half goals preceded Dani Ceballos’ red card just earlier than the hour.
However Pepe would convert from the spot to send Arsenal home with a 2-1 deficit, Villarreal has additionally been decreased to 10 males late after dismissing former Tottenham man Etienne Capoue.
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That is Arsenal’s Europa League third semi-final in 4 years however they’ve solely reached it as soon as – under present Villarreal boss Unai Emery, who appeared to be getting one over his former membership because the hosts good start.
Trigueros opened the scoring with just 5 minutes on the clock, driving home a low effort after an absence of dedication within the Arsenal field allowed Samuel Chukwueze to play in his team-mate.
Mikel Arteta was left dealing with ashen because the lead doubled earlier than the half hour, Albiol turning home within the back post as Arsenal did not get wherever close to a standard corner.
Pepe thought he had received a penalty kick when he was trapped contained in the field however a VAR assessment thought he had dealt with the ball within the construct section and the prize had been reverse.
The guests did not hit the target within the first half and might have been additional behind if Bernd Leno had not correctly stopped denying Gerard Moreno in kind.
However a red card to Ceballos, who was fortunate to not accumulate a second order early within the second half, needed to face on Dani Parejo seeking to get Arteta’s males looking at their elimination.
As a substitute they rallied and gave themselves hope to reverse the combination score subsequent week at Emirates Stadium.
Bukayo Saka broke into the Villarreal field and was caught by Trigueros, permitting Pepe to fit the ensuing penalty from home.
When Capoue was proven a second yellow card 10 minutes from time when he was taken off a stretcher after fouling Saka, Arsenal even harbored equalizer hopes.
That was to not be, regardless of a late chance for returning captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang however – given how the evening began – Arteta and his players shall be glad to have an excellent chance of progressing to the final at Gdansk nonetheless.