Villareal v Arsenal. Europa League semi-final. How the teams compare

By Bulldog Drummond

Arsenal have played Villareal – now of course managed by Unai Emery – four times and we remain unbeaten.   All four matches were during Mr Wenger’s tenure and within the Champions League.

Date Match Result Score Competition
19 Apr 2006 Arsenal v Villarreal W 1-0 Champions League
25 Apr 2006 Villarreal v Arsenal D 0-0 Champions League
07 Apr 2009 Villarreal v Arsenal D 1-1 Champions League
15 Apr 2009 Arsenal v Villarreal W 3-0 Champions League

This season Villarreal have slipped a little…

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1  Atlético Madrid 33 22 7 4 60 22 38 73
2  Real Madrid 33 21 8 4 56 24 32 71
3 Barcelona 32 22 5 5 76 29 47 71
4  Sevilla 33 22 4 7 49 26 23 70
5  Real Sociedad 33 14 11 8 51 34 17 53
6  Real Betis 33 14 8 11 42 45 -3 50
7  Villarreal 33 12 13 8 50 38 12 49
8  Granada 32 12 6 14 41 53 -12 42

And their results of late have been rather mixed…

Date Competition Home Score Away
11/04/21 League Villarreal 1 – 2 Osasuna
15/04/21 Europa Villarreal 2 – 1 Dinamo Zagreb
18/04/21 League Levante 1 – 5 Villarreal
21/04/21 League Deportivo Alavés 2 – 1 Villarreal
25/04/21 League Villarreal 1 – 2 Barcelona

Meanwhile their results in the Europa League opening phase show wins against Qarabag and Sivasspor, along with a win and a draw against Maccabi Tel Aviv.  In the round of 32 they beat Red Bull Salzburg twice, and had the same double victory over Dynamo Kiev in the round of 16.

That was repeated once more in the quarter finals with two wins over Dinamo Zagreb, so despite being only seventh in the Spanish League they have remained unbeaten in the Europa.

However leaving aside the Intertoto cup they have never actually been to a final in Europe.

In Spanish League terms they are normally regarded as a team liable to come fourth or fifth and reach maybe the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey.  They did have one season in the second division (2012/13) and also dropped to 14th for 2018/19, but last year rebounded to 5th.

In 2016/17 they got to the semi final Europa League, but were knocked out 3–1 on aggregate by Liverpool. Villarreal led the first leg 1–0, but lost at Anfield.

Their star attacker is Gerard Moreno, who has scored 26 goals this season.  Also in the team is our old chum Francis Coquelin, the youngster discovered by Arsene Wenger, who I was very sorry to see let go from Arsenal.

In the League as we can see above they are 21 points off the top, which sounds a lot until we remember that we are 31 points off the top of the Premier League – in which case it doesn’t seem so bad.

Indeed a comparison between the two clubs in terms of league games shows that the teams are evenly matched domestically with Villareal just having the edge.

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
10 Arsenal 33 13 7 13 44 37 7 46
7 Villarreal 33 12 13 8 50 38 12 49

And the matching remains quite close when we also come Villarreal at home with Arsenal away

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
6 Villarreal CF home 17 6 7 4 28 19 9 25
8 Arsenal away 16 7 3 6 25 17 8 24

So nothing can be taken for granted.

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2 Replies to “Villareal v Arsenal. Europa League semi-final. How the teams compare”

  1. Us Gooners are hoping, wishing and praying for Arsenal us will see the Gunners play tomorrow night in their Europa League Cup 1st leg semifinal match away to Villarreal as if their lives to survive depend on their winning the match for Arsenal and win it unfailingly.

    And in the actual sense of reality, Arsenal season to be a good and successful this season is heavily anchored on the Gunners winning the Europa League Cup which if the Gunners succeeded at doing it, will see Arsenal through to participate in the UCL next season as them attaining this limited special achievement for Arsenal through the Premier League top-four place finish this season is looking to be seriously in doubt.

    Of course the Gunners themselves and their manager Mikel Arteta know this very well more than anybody who has something to do with Arsenal as a staff or supporter. And therefore they need not being reminded of the charge on them to win the ELC for Arsenal FC this season.

    Nevertheless, I wish Arteta and his coaching staff team to have a match winning Gunners team selection that will play against Villarreal and beat them in the match to give themselves and us Gooners the confidence us will see Arsenal through to the final of the competition after the return 2nd leg match has been played at the Ems with Arsenal beating Villarreal again.

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