Arsenal vs Valencia past meetings: Who came out on top? Europa League preview

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Arsenal were knocked out in last season’s semi-finals by Spanish opposition and will be looking avoid a repeat this term.

Through to the Europa League semi-finals for the second season running, Arsenal take on Valencia hoping to avoid the same fate as 12 months ago when the went out to eventual winners Atletico Madrid.

The Gunners sailed through Group E to reach the knockout stages, qualifying with two games to spare.

Unai Emery’s side came through scares against BATE Borisov and Rennes before going on to beat Napoli in the quarter-finals.

Valencia started their European campaign in the Champions League, finishing third in their group behind Juventus and Manchester United.

Subsequently joining the Europa League, the La Liga side are unbeaten in six games after knocking out Celtic, Krasnodar and fellow Spanish side Villarreal.

Arsenal vs Valencia past meetings

Arsenal and Valencia have met on three occasions in European competition.

The Spanish outfit have come out on top each time.

The first meeting was in the 1979/80 European Cup Winners’ Cup final, where the Gunners lost out on penalties.

Arsenal were then knocked out of the Champions League by Valencia in the 2000/01 season through on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate scoreline.

Two years later the London outfit were beaten again in the final game of the second group stage as Valencia advanced to the quarter-finals winning 2-1 on aggregate.

Arsenal vs Valencia preview

Valencia boss Marcelino Garcia Toral says Arsenal’s current poor form will have no impact when they meet in their Europa League semi-final.

Emery’s side head into the clash having lost their last three Premier League games to cast doubt over their top-four hopes.

Marcelino said: “They easily eliminated Napoli. That is the reference for us. They are a great side with huge potential and are strong at home.

“It will be tough for us and I hope it will be for them as well. We need to play each minute as (if) it was the last.

“Past results don’t matter. We know their players can adapt to these situations and they will want an advantage in the first leg. We are a tough team to play at our place – it is a tough stadium to go to.”

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