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Europa League S/F 2nd Leg: Things we Learnt as Man United Reach the Final & Arsenal are Knocked out by Villarreal

Arjun Singh Devgan
Manchester United cruised past AS Roma to reach the 2020/21 Europa League final
Manchester United cruised past AS Roma to reach the 2020/21 Europa League final / Paolo Bruno/Getty Images
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The second legs of the semi-final of the Europa League came to an end on Thursday, with Manchester United easing past AS Roma 3-2 on the night and 8-5 on aggregate while Arsenal got knocked out by Unai Emery's, Villarreal side 1-2 on aggregate with the game ending nil-nil.

Here, we take a look at the talking points from Thursday's Europa League games.

1. Cavani remains key for United in Europe

Edinson Cavani
AS Roma v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Semi Final: Leg Two / Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Edinson Cavani must be one of the best free transfers done in recent times, with the Uruguayan showing that he is deadly especially in Europe by scoring a brace in the second leg, to add to his tally of two goals in the first leg.

The 34-year-old has already scored 14 goals in his debut season, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that he extends his contract as his experience in front of goal is extremely important.

2. De Gea shows he is still a top keeper

David de Gea
AS Roma v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Semi Final: Leg Two / Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

David de Gea has struggled in the recent past, with many believing that his best days were behind him - however, the Spaniard showed against Roma that he cannot be written off, as he made seven saves on the night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has preferred Dean Henderson over De Gea, but he reminded his manager that he should start in the final of what is their biggest game of the season.

3. Is it the end of the road for Arteta at Arsenal?

Mikel Arteta
Arsenal v Villareal CF - UEFA Europa League Semi Final: Leg Two / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Mikel Arteta was signed by Arsenal as he was considered as one of the best young minds in the business, but he has struggled in his first full season in charge considering that the Gunners are currently placed ninth in the league and are set to be excluded from European football competitions for the first time since 1995/96.

The Spaniard has come in for criticism for his team selections and substitutions during matches and it will be interesting to see if he remains in the managerial hot seat come next season.

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