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Chukwueze injured as Villarreal end Arsenal’s Europa journey, to face United in final

SAMUEL Chukwueze was stretchered off during Villarreal’s Europa League semi-final second leg clash with Arsenal in London but he will hope to be fit before 26 May.

Even with the Super Eagles forward off injured from the 29th minute, the Spanish side held on for a 0-0 result to oust Arsenal 2-1 on aggregate.

The Gunners needed just one goal to advance past Villarreal into the final, but they huffed and puffed, creating very few chances.

Arsenal’s best opportunities fell to Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who hit the post twice as former Gunners manager Unai Emery reached his fifth Europa League final.

Villarreal boss Emery won three Europa League trophies with Sevilla and led Arsenal to the 2019 final, which they lost to Chelsea.

In the other semi-final, Manchester United had their goalkeeper David De Gea to thank as they lost 3-2 to AS Roma in Rome but progressed to the final 8-5 on aggregate.

United scored first on the night through Edinson Cavani in the 39th minute and looked to be easing through to the final.

But Roma improved dramatically in attack in the second half and equalised 12 minutes after the break with an Edin Dzeko header.

Bryan Cristante made it 2-1 three minutes later and Roma had a succession of great chances to go further ahead.

However, De Gea was in inspired form and he made a series of brilliant saves to preserve his side’s overall advantage.

Cavani scored again in the 68th minute to make it 2-2 and calm Manchester United’s frayed nerves.

At that point, Roma needed four goals in 22 minutes to take the tie into extra-time, but they were able to get only one more as United substitute Alex Telles diverted a shot into his own net in the 83rd minute.

Manchester United, who won the Europa League in 2017, and Villarreal with battle for the trophy in Gdansk, Poland on 26 May.

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