7 May, 2021 @ 13:30
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WE ALL LIVE IN…: Castellon’s Villareal knock out Arsenal and make it through to their first ever Europa League final

Arsenal 0 Villarreal 0

VILLAREAL football club made history last night (Thursday May 6) by getting through to the final of the Europa League for the first time in history.

And the team known as the Yellow Submarine did so by knocking out the mighty Arsenal thanks to a 0-0 draw in London, after winning 2-1 in the first leg in Castellon.

Arsenal V Villarreal Uefa Europa League Semi Final Second Leg Emirates Stadium

Another English club, Manchester United, now awaits Villareal in the final in Gdansk (Poland) on May 26.

Unai Emery’s squad faced Arsenal on their own turf with no intention of being the underdog or merely defending their home-game advantage, setting up an attacking trident with Alcacer, Gerard and Chukwueze while maintaining a solid defence.

In fact, both sides were remarkably well matched and played an exciting game that delighted football fans despite ending goalless.

Arsenal 0 Villarreal 0

The second half proved particularly hairy for the Valencian visitors, as Arsenal took the advantage and threatened the Villareal goal again and again.

However, the Yellow Submarine managed to hold its ground and repel the assaults of the home squad managed by another Spanish coach, San Sebatian-born Mikel Arteta, to secure their historic ticket to the final.

Villareal V Arsenal Uefa Europa League Semi Final First Leg Estadio De La Ceramica

Needless to say, the feat was celebrated in the streets and on the balconies of the Castellon city by hundreds of ecstatic supporters, who have stuck with the club through thick and thin and are lately being rewarded with a string of successes.

Villareal are currently vying for fifth place in La Liga with only four games to go this season.  

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Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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