Balague fires Valencia warning

Arsenal’s Europa League opponents Valencia are mentally strong and have the quality of a Champions League team, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

The Gunners are preparing to face Valencia tonight with a 3-1 lead from the Emirates last week.

But the north London side face a tough challenge against La Liga’s fifth-placed side.

Los Ches saw off relegated Huesca in a crushing 6-2 win last weekend, while Emery’s men struggled to breakdown a resolute Brighton team on Sunday.

And Spanish football journalist Balague made a huge claim about the Spanish side.

Speaking on Eleven Sports after the win, he said: “You’re talking about a team that has got quality throughout.

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“And they should be fighting for the Champions League. They need to be there.”

He went further to speak about the team’s motivation to secure Champions League football next season.

Balague continued: “Not being there would be verging on disaster because they need that money to pay wages.

“But it’s been a difficult week, so [the win] was a sign they’re still on it, still mentally strong.

VILLAREAL, SPAIN – APRIL 11: Players of Valencia CF line up for a team photo prior to the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg match between Villarreal and Valencia at Estadio de la Ceramica on April 11, 2019 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by Fotopress/Getty Images)

“Valencia just kept going and going. This is a side that gets everybody involved at the top of their game.”

Arsenal are equally fired up to seal a Champions League ticket having missed out from the League route.

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