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Strike duo fire Gunners towards Europa League final

Strike duo fire Gunners towards Europa League final

Wales worldwide Ramsey, Arsenal's longest-serving current player, sustained the injury in the Europa League quarter-final victory at Napoli last month.

Just like their north London counterparts Tottenham, the Gunners were startled by a fast start from their European visitors, culminating in a deserved opener from Mouctar Diakhaby, who rose higher than no less than three red and white defenders to nod his side in front with just 11 minutes played.

Arsenal will take a healthy advantage into the second leg of their Europa League semi final with Valencia after beating the Spanish side 3-1 at the Emirates on Thursday night.

And Keown admits the team are really suffering with set-pieces at the moment.

"I don't know if Steve Bould and the new coaches coming together, [if] there are a difference of understanding there and it's not working".

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"Valencia is working alongside its legal team and the appropriate authorities to identify those responsible and, in the case that they are Valencia season-ticket holders, to take corresponding disciplinary action, for which it asks for the collaboration and cooperation of other fans present in said stand".

The Gunners had conceded three times in all three of those defeats to Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester and the same defensive deficiencies cost them again early on. "For us it's continuing to work on how we can improve and how do better".

Alexandre Lacazette leveled things up in the 18th minute when he converted a pass from strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and seven minutes later Lacazette headed home Granit Xhaka's cross to make it 2-1 going in at half-time.

Arsenal travel to Valencia on Thursday, May 9, knowing their opponents must score twice without reply to have a hope of reaching the final.

But I told them: it's the first leg.