Well there goes the Gunners’ European hopes. Sterile in front of goal, Arsenal flattered to deceive in the Europa League again this season. Needing nothing short of a victory, Mikel Arteta’s men fired blanks and it was inexcusable given the arsenal they had on the pitch on Thursday night.Odegaard, Saka, Auba,Smith Rowe and Pepe all started in a fearsome front five. The best chance of the first half fell to Hector Bellerin, the Spaniard’s shot clipping the outside of the post. Nigerian Samuel Chukwueze suffered a worrying injury mid first half and was replaced by Pinto. It did not change much though in terms of the result.

On another day the soccer gods might have smiled on Arsenal. Watch Aubameyang’s shot on 38 minutes which yellow submarine’s goalie Rulli allowed to go through his legs and was fortunate his bum took the sting out of the shot. At half time we figured Arteta’s plan was to keep a clean sheet and nick a goal to win on the away goal’s rule. This was however no time for defending ,they had to take the game to the Spanish side. No champagne football, just pump balls into the Villarreal 18 yard box. In the second half they didn’t do that. At least until the final 15 minutes. Watch Smith Rowe try to be cheeky and aim for the far right post and in the process put the ball wide. Villarreal came for the draw and they got it, they did not threaten Leno all that much in the second, the dangerous Moreno had a tame shot saved by the German keeper on 56.Aubameyang struck the post on 78 minutes with a header that was going in had Rulli not got a hand to it. BEST CHANCE OF THE MATCH by far.

Villarreal through to their fist European final in Gdansk, Poland. They face Man United who had a sizeable cushion such that the defeat in Rome was academic on Thursday. Arsenal NOW NEED A MIRACLE TO GET INTO the Europa League next season. They trail 6th place Spurs by 7 points with 4 to play in the Premier League.