Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has charged his players to end the season by booking their place in the Europa League final.
The North London side will host former manager, Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday for the second leg of their semi-final with Villarreal.
Villarreal will clash with the Gunners with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg at El Madrigal.
If Arteta’s men win on Thursday they will likely clash with English Premier League side, Manchester United, who are on the brink of reaching the final in Gdansk after beating Roma 6-2 in the first leg of their tie.
The Gunners have not featured in the Champions League since 2017 but winning the Europa League would give them a spot in the competition next season.
Arteta’s team won the FA Cup in August at the end of his first season in charge but they have failed to build on that success and are 12 points off the Premier League’s top four with just four games remaining.
“It’s a big moment,” Arteta said of the second leg. “Again, not for me but for the club for everything that has happened in the last two years, in the last months.”
“All the instability that we’ve been here with for many different reasons. So, I think it will be really important and our biggest step forward if we are able to be in that final and have the opportunity to win that trophy.”
Arteta while speaking on the reactions of Arsenal fans over the plan of the club owner to sign up to the ill-fated European Super League., said, “I think that they have to be able to express themselves and if it’s done in a specific way, then they have the right to do it,” he said.
“We have to prepare for the game in the best possible way. I wouldn’t like to use any excuses. If something happens with that, then I know that the only purpose of the fans is to defend the club and that they want the best for the team. We will try to do the same.”