Aubameyang gives Arsenal a cushion going into the 2nd leg
Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 02/05/2019
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gives Arsenal a cushion going into the second leg of the Europa League semi-final with Valencia after a 3-1 win on Thursday night ar Emirate Stadium.Unai Emery recalled Mesut Ozil to the starting line-up, going with a back three, but despite lots of early Arsenal possession, the visitors had the first real chances of the game. Sokratis conceded a free kick, Valencia worked it over the top to the back post, and when the ball was put back into the middle by Rodrigo, Garay somehow put the ball over the bar in the 8th minute.Three minutes later and the visitors were ahead after a corner. The ball was floated to the back post, it was headed back across, Diakhaby headed home from close range. 0-1.Cech was forced into action shortly afterwards, saving a shot from distance, and when Maitland-Niles tried to head it back to the keeper Guedes almost doubled the lead but put the ball over the bar.The crowd tried to rouse the team, and it paid off with an 18th-minute equaliser. Ozil gave it to Lacazette, he played in Aubameyang who drove into the box, cut back inside, the keeper had narrowed the angle so he laid the ball off to Lacazette who had continued his run to slot home with his left foot. 1-1.It got better seven minutes later when we went ahead. Arsenal worked the ball back and forward on the left touchline, Xhaka crossed it, Lacazette headed it down and although the keeper palmed it away the ball had crossed the line. 2-1.The Frenchman was in the mood, heading wide at the near post from a Xhaka corner, and a foul on him brought a yellow card for Diakhaby just after the half hour mark. Aubameyang shot into the ground and over the bar after Xhaka found him with a good ball into the Valencia box, Parejo shot over after Mustafi had conceded a free kick 30 yards from goal, and Sokratis had an overhead effort from distance easily saved.