Arsenal tasted defeat in the Europa League for only the second time this season, and it was a painful one against Unai Emery’s Villarreal
The Gunners went 2-0 down after 29 minutes and every Arsenal fan feared the worst. The tie could’ve easily been over at that point if we had panicked, but we made it to half-time and managed to regain control after the break.
Arteta’s men were clearly the better side in the second half, but that doesn’t mean Villarreal had no chances. The hosts had two incredible opportunities to end our season, but thankfully for us, Bernd Leno stepped up and saved the day.
“He (Bernd Leno) was very good when we needed him at 2-0. The chance with Gerard (Moreno) was probably the biggest one they had, he saved us,” said Arteta about his German shot-stopper in his post-match interview with BT Sport.
Leno really stepped up
After an absolute howler against Everton last weekend, many eyes were on Leno yesterday. The German came under severe criticism for his error against the Toffees, but it’s safe to say, people don’t remember that now.
Leno was absolutely outstanding last night. He made two amazing saves and those two stops are the reason why we still have a chance to make it into the final of the Europa League.
The German will have to be at his best again next week. We all saw how dangerous Villarreal can be, but if Leno turns up and fares as well as he did last night, we should back ourselves to go through.