Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal: PLAYER RATINGS

Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal: PLAYER RATINGS

Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal: PLAYER RATINGS


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Nicolas Pepe's second-half penalty gave Arsenal hope of reaching the Europa League final despite a semi-final first-leg defeat at Villarreal as both teams finished with 10 men.

With the Gunners  2-0 down and a man down after Dani Ceballos' sending off, Pepe stepped up to slot home a vital away goal after Bukayo Saka was tripped.

The result means Mikel Arteta's side head into next Thursday's second leg with real hope of reaching a second Europa League final in three seasons and with the potential of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Read our PLAYER RATINGS

Leno: 7.5

Chambers: 5

Holding: 5

Marí: 5

Xhaka: 6.5

Partey: 7 

Ceballos: 0 

Saka: 7 

Ødegaard: 6

Pépé: 6.5

Smith Rowe: 6.5


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