Sokratis orders his defence

The current mood at Arsenal Football Club will be at its worst since Unai Emery took over the reins in May 2018. With eight games being played last April it seems as if fatigue has begun to creep in physically and mentally for the players. With Valencia next in the Europa League, Unai Emery will want his team to be on the ball at the Emirates on Thursday night against his former club to give themselves a chance away from home in the second leg.

Arsenal could be handed a boost with Nacho Monreal (calf) and Mesut Ozil (foot) returning to the side however it is highly unlikely that we will see Juventus bound Aaron Ramsey to play again for The Gunners. Valencia will not have Russian winger Denis Cheryshev at their disposal after he was ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining a knee injury. Former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin will not feature due to a suspension although Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista will be available to face his old teammates. Paulista has expressed his desire to win the Europa League this season as the club is celebrating its centenary year and are without a trophy since the 2007/08 season.


Valencia currently sit in sixth place of the La Liga and like Arsenal, they have endured back to back defeats at the Mestalla and away from home. The Spanish side, managed by Marcelino Garcia Toral, have been on the British Isles twice this season with trips to Celtic Park and Old Trafford. In both games, they kept clean sheets with a win and draw. Los Murciélagos have shown their resistance this season in big games with a win at home to Real Madrid last month and draws against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

Unai Emery and his team will need a win to boost morale ahead of the last two Premier League games to give themselves any chance of making it to the Champions League next season. The final home league game of the season awaits on Sunday as they take on Brighton Hove and Albion, who are battling for survival.

Sokratis orders his defence

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Born and raised in Hackney, London, supporting the red and white of Arsenal Football Club.

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