Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has Champions League promise after Arsenal goal in Valencia win
PIERRE-EMERICK Aubameyang scored a vital late goal and then claimed Arsenal conquered their nerves to secure a crucial advantage, promising the team will give everything to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Gunners were in trouble after Mouctar Diakhaby scored an early away goal, but battled back with a brace from Alexandre Lacazette.
Yet it wasn't until Aubameyang grabbed a last-minute third that Arsenal secured a two-goal cushion to take with them for the second leg in Spain next week.
He said: “I hope that third goal will be important. We started not so good but we had a good reaction and I think today we played very well.
“We started a bit nervous because we lost the last three games, I think that’s normal. We are human, but after that we had a good reaction.
“We have a lot of quality in this group and we can go to the final. We know the next game will be difficult but if we have the same ingredients there then we will go through.
“It’s our target to reach the final and win this trophy. We know it’s an opportunity to qualify for next year’s Champions League.
“We stopped in the semi-finals last year but we’ve learned from last year’s errors and hopefully this year we won’t do the same. We will give everything to qualify for the Champions League.”
Valencia coach Marcellino said: “ Arsenal made the most of their opportunities. The goal towards the end was a surprise. No-one was expecting it and it makes it a more difficult situation for us