Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal: Defeat for the 10-man Gunners… but they’re still in the tie after a nightmare start thanks to Nicolas Pepe’s vital away goal from the penalty spot in the second half as Unai Emery beats his old club in Spain
After they looked down and out, Arsenal have given themselves a huge lifeline in their encapsulating Europa League semi-final tie against Villarreal.
The Gunners got off to the worst possible start, with Trigueros netting inside five minutes before Raul Albiol doubled Villarreal’s advantage just before the half-hour mark following awful defending from the visitors from a corner.
To make matters worse, Dani Ceballos was shown a second yellow leaving Arsenal with it all to do. But Nicolas Pepe gave Arsenal a lifeline from the penalty spot after Bukayo Saka was tripped up in the area.
And then Etienne Capoue was shown a second yellow after fouling Saka, putting the tie back into the balance…
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Arsenal have a lifeline in their Europa League semi-final tie after Nicolas Pepe netted from the penalty spot in the 2-1 defeat
Arsenal looked down and out at 2-0 down, especially down to 10 men, but Pepe netted a crucial away goal on Thursday
The Ivorian winger sends Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli the wrong way in the 73rd minute of the Europa League clash
Just moments after Arsenal’s away goal, Etienne Capoue was shown a second yellow for a foul on Bukayo Saka
The former Tottenham man receives his marching orders after being taken off on a stretcher late on in the game
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