Report, ratings and reactions as Gunners book Europa League final

Arsenal avoided a potential banana peel to reach the Europa League final in style, with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scoring a hat-trick and Alexandre Lacazette bagging the other in an impressive 4-2 win over Valencia to secure a 7th aggregate win. -3.

The hosts started strongly and were rewarded on 11 minutes when Kevin Gameiro Rodrigo’s finish went wide and exposed the Gunners defense terribly on the counter-attack.

However, the visitors pushed the tie a little against the grain thanks to a dazzling finish from Aubameyang, the Gabonese international, who finished off a delicious headed half-volley from Lacazette.

Valencia’s enthusiasm waned as Arsenal took control and they effectively secured their place in the Baku final thanks to Lacazette’s clever finishing. The Frenchman, who hit the post in the first half, dodged challenges from two defenders before turning and firing at Neto.

The Ches equalized that night thanks to Kevin Gameiro’s second shot, a centered shot that went practically over the line after accidentally intercepting Rodrigo’s shot on goal, but Aubameyang’s second, finished off by Ainsley Maitland’s low cross. Niles, and the third, a Finishing Range hit hit the roof of the net, shattering Valencia’s hopes.

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from eleventh: net(5); Piccini (5), Garay (6), Gabriel (6), Gaya (5); Wass (6), Coquelin (6), Parejo (6), Guedes (6); Rodrigo (7), Gameiro (8).

substitute: Soler (5), Torres (5), Mina (5).

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In a week where first-leg goals mean little to teams in European competition, Arsenal fans had reason to be nervous, despite a 3-1 win against Valencia in early April.

Guarded optimism had turned to nervous pessimism in the run-up to Thursday night’s duel. While Arsenal have been as good as any in the Europa League this season, recent league results, particularly the 1-1 home draw with Brighton, have led some fans to question Unai Emery and his recent tactical decisions. and starting lineups.

Emery has made four changes since Sunday’s clash with the Seagulls and has accomplished just about everything that reminds us of what makes him so smart in the Europa League.

You can expect a lot of change at the Emirates over the summer, with several players having underperformed, particularly in departure-related away games, but there is no doubt that Emery has done the best he has inherited. . Now is the time for the club to support him in the transfer market and allow him to build the team in his image.

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from eleventh: czech (6); Sokratis (6), Koscielny (6), Monreal (6); Maitland-Niles (7), Torreira (7), Xhaka (6), Kolasinac (6); Ozil (6); Lacazette (9*), Aubameyang (9*).

substitute: Mkhitaryan (7), Mustafi (6), Guendouzi (6)

STAR MAN– Alexandre Lacazette is a very good footballer. There’s not much to discuss about that. While Aubameyang obviously ran close to MOTM, Lacazette’s participation in Arsenal’s transition game put him ahead of his attacking partner.

When Unai Emery had to use his strikers on Thursday night, the former Lyon ace answered his manager’s call, provided an assist and then scored to give Arsenal a place in the final and a chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

Arsenal fans hold Lacazette in high regard and it’s not hard to see why after his performance in Spain. His effectiveness alongside Aubameyang has been impressive and Arsenal will need a lot of well connected play if they are to succeed in the final of the competition.

Valencia could still finish in the top four of La Liga if they close the three-point gap between them and Getafe and face a proper test of their qualifications with a home game against eighth-placed Alaves on Sunday.

Arsenal will be looking to secure fifth place in the Premier League when they travel to Burnley on Sunday. The Europa League final will take place on May 29 when they face either Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt.


Author: Rahul Barod

With over 2 years of experience in the field of journalism, Rahul Barod heads the editorial operations of the Elite News as the Executive News Writer.

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