Arsenal’s hopes of winning European title this season were broken following a 2-1 aggregate loss to Spanish giants Villarreal.
Trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Spain, Arsenal’s knew that their only hope of advancing into the finals and quality for the Champions League next season was through a win. However, Mikel Arteta’s side could not find a way past the visitors’ stubborn defence who ended up forcing a barren draw.
Villarreal has now qualified for a European tournament final for the first time in history under the guidance of former Arsenal manager Unai Emery. Emery was sacked by Arsenal in November 2019 after a 18 months in charge.
Emery has won the competition three times consecutively as Sevilla boss between 2014 and 2016 before leading the Gunners themselves to the final in 2019, where they were comprehensively beaten by Chelsea in Baku.
In the second semi final, Manchester United knocked out Italian giants AS Roma following a 8-5 aggregate win. Despite losing 3-2 in the second leg, a stunning 6-2 win in the first leg had given United firm control of the tie.
United have progressed to their eighth major European final with Liverpool the only English team that has done so more times. The 20-time champions have also qualified for a European tournament final for the first time under the helmsmanship of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
They will now square it out with Villarreal in May 26, 2021 in Gdansk, Poland.