Aubameyang treble sends Arsenal into Europa League final

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Published on May 10, 2019 - Duration: 00:52s

Aubameyang treble sends Arsenal into Europa League final

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat-trick sends Arsenal to the Europa League final with a 4-2 win at Valencia.


Aubameyang treble sends Arsenal into Europa League final


(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VALENCIA COACH, MARCELINO GARCIA TORAL, SAYING: "First of all, I want to congratulate Arsenal for reaching the final.

In my opinion, if you look at both matches, they were better.

And so, I wish them a good final and hope they have the chance to win it." 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VALENCIA COACH, MARCELINO GARCIA TORAL, SAYING: "There is no doubt Arsenal have a much bigger economic power than Valencia at the moment, but we already knew that.

And we have to compete against that handicap.

That's how it is.

English soccer, any team in the Premier League, even those in the low part of the table, can double Valencia's budget or any other team in the Spanish league aside from Real Madrid, Barca and Atletico Madrid.

It's like that.

But it should not be an excuse." STORY: A hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and an Alexandre Lacazette strike booked Arsenal's place in the Europa League final with a 4-2 win at Valencia on Thursday (May 9) to seal an emphatic 7-3 aggregate victory.

Unai Emery's side will face Chelsea in Baku on May 29 after their London rivals beat Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties to ensure both European club competitions will feature all-English finals.

Arsenal's first win on Spanish soil since beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in 2006 kept their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League through Europe's secondary competition alive.

In a week of improbable European comebacks, Valencia, trailing 3-1 from the first leg, were seeking to become the latest side to overturn a hefty deficit and made the perfect start as Kevin Gameiro slid in to convert Rodrigo's centre with 11 minutes played.

Rodrigo sent an effort wide as the home crowd sensed an upset, but Arsenal were soon level when Aubameyang notched his first out of nothing, producing a fine finish from outside the box from Lacazette's flick on following goalkeeper Petr Cech's long clearance.

In a news conference following the game, coach Unai Emery praised the commitment of his attacking due not only in the front but also working in defence.

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