Liverpool exploits tell Valencia anything can happen against Arsenal - Marcelino

"It's not finished yet, there's no success yet, we have to play the final", said the Arsenal boss.

Arsenal travel to Spain to take on Valencia in the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals this Thursday.

The other semifinal at Stamford Bridge is now in extra time with the team's locked at 1-1 on the night, and 2-2 on aggregate.

This will be Unai Emery's fourth Europa League final in a row that he has contested and his record in this competition now stands at 19 successive knockout ties won.

"We're going into the game with the belief we can beat Arsenal, the players have transmitted that to me and I am convinced we have a chance".

Arsenal manager Unai Emery claims that the club's main focus is lifting the Europa League trophy at the end of the season, insisting that the added benefit of Champions League qualification is an afterthought.

Emery, who managed Valencia for four years, won the Europa League three times with Sevilla and is now looking to lift the trophy for a fourth time. 'The Europa League has improved a lot. The demands are high and everyone wants it, as a title, not just a way in (to the Champions League).

As for Arsenal, it was a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat trick that paced the Gunners to a 4-2 win, advancing 7-3 on aggregate.

Following the break, Eintracht quickly regrouped to equalised in the 49th minute when Luka Jovic got behind Chelsea's backline for a composed shot past Kepa. Valencia lost their last home game, against Eibar, but were unbeaten in their previous 20 games at Mestalla Stadium.

Arsenal enter Thursday off a 1-1 draw, against Brighton, that all but secured their 5 place finish in the Premier League. Arsenal have been atrocious on the road all season and are 4-1-5 in their 10 road games including losing their last two.

Valencia leads the all-time series 3-1-2.

  • Marlene Weaver