Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Aubameyang double caps Arsenal comeback to reach Europa League quarters

Aubameyang double caps Arsenal comeback to reach Europa League quarters

They eventually lost 3-1, meaning Arsenal had an uphill task on their hands during Thursday's second leg at the Emirates stadium.

The Gunners desperately needed a quick start, and they got exactly that in the 5th minute through the brilliance of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Aaron Ramsey, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - a trio that would maintain top performances throughout the match.

Chelsea cruised into the last eight with an 8-0 aggregate win over Dynamo Kiev, after which Sarri expressed his preference to avoid Napoli in Friday's draw.

'I was really happy (when I heard I could play),' he said, having missed the defeat in Rennes.

However, it was not forthcoming and with VAR not in operation in the Europa League unlike the more lucrative Champions League, Maitland-Niles's downward header from Aubameyang's cross was allowed to stand.

Shortly after the game a Rennes fan went to great lengths to prove that Aubameyang was offside.

Aubameyang had not scored in the competition since September so breaking his duck to get Arsenal up and running was timely, then he struck again late on for his sixth brace of the season in all competitions.

Kalidou Koulibaly salutes the Napoli fans
Kalidou Koulibaly salutes the Napoli fans

And he says not many people would have thought that at the beginning of the campaign.

"It was very clearly an injustice, it was a manifest error", Stéphan said.

"This comeback was very hard, but I think the reaction was very good from every player", Emery told reporters.

Very hard week, United on Sunday and Rennes today.

'I think it characterises us and it characterises this league at the moment as well that all six teams have got through to the quarter-finals, ' he added.

"Today, Inter (Milan) are out, Sevilla are out - a big surprise. The second goal changed things enormously, even if they were better than us and deserved to qualify".

"For us, today and Sunday, we are aware of playing competitively and I think it is good confidence for us to feel that".

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