Arsenal vs Valencia: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news for Europa League clash

ARSENAL welcome Valencia as they face another Spanish side in their Europa League semi-final first leg.

The Gunners were beaten by Atletico Madrid at this stage last season – but are favourites, having beaten Italian giants Napoli in the previous round.

What time does Arsenal vs Valencia kick off?

This Europa League semi-final first leg will take place on Thursday, May 2.

It will kick off at 8pm.

The match will be played at Emirates Stadium.

The second leg will take place on Thursday, May 9 at Estadio Mestalla.

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What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it for FREE?

Arsenal vs Valencia will be shown live on BT Sport 2 with coverage starting from 7.15pm.
BT Sport subscribers can live stream the match online and on the BT Sport mobile app.
Meanwhile, EE phone customers can also catch the action by signing up for a free three-month trial – just text SPORT to 150 and follow the instructions.
Alternatively, you can follow all the latest via our dedicated SunSport LIVE BLOG.

What is the team news?

Arsenal will have Ainsley Maitland-Niles available despite his red card in the defeat to Leicester City.

But Denis Suarez is among the injured after he revealed he will miss the rest of the season, with Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding also out.

Meanwhile, Valencia are missing Cristiano Piccini, Denis Cheryshev and Geoffrey Kondogbia.

How could Arsenal line up?

What have the managers said?

Unai Emery, Arsenal manager: "Now it's the Europa League, it's both a way to win a title and also a path into the Champions League," he said.
"We want to treat this semi-final like something important."
Marcelino, Valencia manager: "If we're at our best, the facts show that we're a difficult team for anyone to play against.
"We have no fear of this game. We have to reach our most competitive level."

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