One-man show made all the difference at Mestalla

    Arsenal broke into their first European final since the 2005-06 campaign following a stunning 4-2 victory over Valencia at the Estadio de Mestalla on Thursday night

    The Gunners have entered the second leg as huge favorites to win the tie following a comfortable 3-1 triumph at the Emirates Stadium back last week.

    However, the encounter didn’t start well for the visitors as Kevin Gameiro scored an easiest of tap-ins to put La Liga outfit in front 11 minutes into the game.

    Arsenal hero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leveled the score after six minutes, bagging his first Europa League goal away from home this campaign.

    It was the beginning of a wonderful night for former Borussia Dortmund star, who managed to net his first hat-trick this season.

    It took just five minutes into the second half for Alexandre Lacazette to give Arsenal the lead, but Valencia stroke back through Gameiro who scored his second goal of the night.

    Just when things started to look promising for Valencia at 2-2, the Gabonese forward has put home Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross before completing his hat-trick with pinpoint precision in the 88th minute.

    A predatory striker, as he is, Aubameyang has once again demonstrated his class when called into action, helping his team to better their last season result when they exited the competition in the semi-finals.

    An outstanding 7-3 win on aggregate has fired Arsenal to Olympic Stadium in Baku where they will take on London rivals Chelsea in an all-English Europa League final.


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