Image courtesy of sportsaxe.com 2018/2019 Europa League Semifinals Arsenal FC vs Valencia CF Emirates Stadium, London May 2, 2019 3 PM EST "I sent my ships to fight against the English, not against the elements." King Phillip II Though we may be watching through the hands covering our eyes the show must go on. Not the least of which because the fine, er, we'll presume, folks at Bleacher Report TV have to have something to upload to YouTube that afternoon. The good news comes in 2 parts in that Arsenal are at home, where they have at least traditionally been far superior than their traveling edition (think Broadway productions!), and that in playing against continental competition Arsenal is bound to be grateful for a change from the anything that could negatively impact their standing in the Premier League table. For all the foundering in jolly ol' England Arsenal has indeed made the semis of a European competition. Mock all we want but we know we'd enjoying seeing such a piece of hardware arrive at Ashburton Grove. Arsenal remain without long-term injuries for Holding, Bellerin, Ramsey, and Wellbeck, but you can add Suarez to that list while Ozil (foot) and Monreal (calf) are yet to be confirmed eligible. AMN is eligible and presumably rested after being ejected from the weekend match. Valencia has likewaise struggled in the home stretch of their domestic campaign and in fact limp into town after losing 2 in a row and currently sit 6th in La Liga. Rodrigo and Kevin Gameiro lead their attack, while some chap named Coquelin tends to feature in their midfield. Theirs is not a high scoring side and they tend to play conservatively, though they remain prone to mistakes and defensive lapses which can cost them both ball control and ultimately points. I do think the change in competitions helps Arsenal, as does a home crowd that will at least get behind them early. Hopefully the lads will be anxious to show some (read: any) fighting spirit. 2-0 to the team in red.