Thursday 6 May 2021 Europa League - Semifinal Leg 2 Ashburton Grove USA TV: TUDN, Paramount+/CBS-All-Access 3pm ET Ahead of this existential match, we created a helpful bit of feel-good factor by beating Newcastle, while never looking like it would be anything but a win there (at least that’s what it seemed like, my attention having been diverted by the Mancs Mayhem) We also saw a legit return by Auba from malaria, with a fantastic match-clinching goal by him, off of an inch perfect cross by Gabi. Two guys who we might just need Thurs night. Sadly, I believe Laca & Tierney are ruled out for this match, along with Luiz. But having rotated heavily and gotten good performances today, Arteta has given himself some good positional choice dilemmas, when he compares today to the debacle which was Leg 1 last Thurs. Gabriel over Mari? Paired with Holding? Leno over Ryan? Pepe over Martinelli? ESR vs MO or both? And can Auba go again up top, having really dug deep today?? And perhaps the mother of all dilemmas (if this board is any guide): Xhaka returns to CMF? And then Saka over Cedric at LB?? (sadly I think since Cedric hasn’t seen a minute in weeks, those who want Saka back there might just get their wish) But no more personnel speculation... what’s 100% clear is that we have to WIN this match! However, starting with a 1-2 AGG, not all winning scores see us through to the final. So IMHO we have to channel our 2nd leg comeback at Prague, go all out right from the off, keep a clean sheet... or at least a 2 goal advantage. p.s. keeping in mind that we've beaten them in a European Semi once before!