‘It represents me!’ - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains goal celebration

‘It represents me!’ - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains goal celebration

‘It represents me!’ - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains goal celebration

The home side were in a unusual position after the break, knowing they were through on away goals, but not sure whether to stick or twist in terms of the fine line between attack and defence.

Despite Arsenal needing a big win to advance to the next round of the Europa League following their 3-1 defeat last week to Rennes, you always felt like the Gunners were going to get the job done in this one.

Petr Cech believes the relentless competitiveness of the Premier League is the reason for the dominance of English teams in Europe this season as his Arsenal side prepare to face Napoli in the quarter-finals of the Europa League next month.

They won 3-0 against Dynamo Kiev in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal got off to a brilliant start thanks to superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored in the fifth minute to put Arsenal in the driver's seat.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Aubameyang netted the opening goal of the match just five minutes after hostilities commenced, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles increasing Arsenal lead in the 15th minute after scoring Arsenal second goal.

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

Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes the Europa League is an exciting competition and wants his squad to look at it as a valuable trophy to win.

Aubameyang appeared to be clearly offside from Ramsey's pass with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil appearing to turn his back to the play expecting a flag.

The ill-tempered feel to the match continued throughout a nervy second half as a number of strong challenges went unpunished. Sead Kolasinac was aware of that danger, emphatically blocking the unsafe Sarr well, prompting one of the loudest cheers of the evening.

A double change from Emery 20 minutes from time made a big difference for Arsenal, however, as moments after Alex Iwobi scuffed a shot wide from a good position, fellow sub Henrikh Mkhitaryan played a huge part in his side's killer third goal.

Aubameyang needed it back to hide his embarrassment soon after as he missed two glorious chances in the space of 60 seconds to seal his hat-trick.

It did not matter in the end, though, as Rennes failed to find a way through at the other end.


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