Valencia’s Rodrigo is set to recover from a knock he picked up over the weekend to start against Arsenal on Thursday, and the striker is in top form at the moment.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 02: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal tackles Rodrigo Moreno of Valencia during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final First Leg match between Arsenal and Valencia at Emirates Stadium on May 2, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Rodrigo scored a brace for Valencia against Huesca at the weekend, to add to his assist against Arsenal last Thursday. However, he was then forced off after 58 minutes with a knock, sparking fears he could miss out on the second leg of his side’s Europa League semi-final against Arsenal.

AS – 7th May 2019

Spanish outlet AS report that’s not going to be the case. They claim Rodrigo was withdrawn as a precaution with slight discomfort, and he hasn’t had any trouble returning to training with Valencia since then. AS claim Rodrigo ‘will start’ on Thursday, but also list Kevin Gameiro as a possible alternative, so we’ll see.

Gameiro is also having a decent season, considering he’s only starting about half of Valencia’s games. The 31-year-old has eight goals and eight assists in 51 appearances, but in terms of minutes, that’s a goal contribution every 152.5, which is a good record.

Either way, Arsenal need to prepare for Valencia to go all out against them, as they try to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg. Let’s hope Unai Emery’s side can hold firm and book a place in the final later this month.