Emery eyeing Europa League glory

Chelsea will be in the Champions League in 2019/20 no matter what, but the prospect of winning the Europa League for a second time in seven seasons is still an important objective.

The striker scored his first hat-trick for the Gunners as Unai Emery's side cruised to a 7-3 aggregate victory and their first European final for 13 years.

Gameiro struck again but Aubameyang killed the tie off with a second goal of his own and Arsenal head coach Unai Emery, a three-time victor of the competition with Sevilla, will now have a chance to add a fourth title after downing former club Valencia. "In my mind, I don't know yet".

While Frankfurt's Europa League campaign is over, Hutter's men still have plenty to play for in the Bundesliga, with Champions League qualification on the line.

But a stunning second half performance in which Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick saw the visitors win the game 3-2, meaning they will now take on the Reds in Madrid, after they produced a stunning comeback of their own.

Aubameyang will be expected to lead the charge for silverware in Baku, with Arsenal still eyeing a place in Champions League competition for 2019-20.

"When I said I hadn't he told me "you'll see that is like" because at Sevilla that was what motivated us".

Valencia and Arsenal meet in the second leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday, May 9, at the Estadio Mestalla in Spain.

Valencia halved the two-goal deficit from the first leg through Kevin Gameiro's close-range finish (11), but Aubameyang gave Arsenal further control in the tie with a fine half-volley shortly after (17).

He insists: "Arsenal have only two European titles in their history; the old Fairs Cup and the Cup-Winners' Cup, neither of which still exist, so I have a lot of ambition to win this title". It is the second time two English clubs have met in the UCL final, the last coming in 2008 between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted 29 goals in all competitions this season, a haul only Sergio Aguero (31) can better among Premier League players.

"We were better in the last part of the match but we were exhausted in extra time and it was hard". "With big ambition, a strong mentality and full motivation we can do it".

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at home to lowly Brighton and Emery must be anxious by a defense which has leaked 10 goals in their last four league games.

  • Julie Sanders


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