Arsenal vs. Valencia - Football Match Report

Arsenal vs. Valencia - Football Match Report

We started a bit nervous because we lost the last three games, I think that's normal.

Arsenal have a strong strike-force in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a clever, underrated head coach in Unai Emery who knows his way around this competition, and a belief intensified by events in the 90th minute here.

And Cech´s final game could well be against his former club Chelsea in next month´s final as the Blues secured a 1-1 draw away at Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of the other semi-final.

Having already agreed a deal with Juve, a hamstring injury sustained in Arsenal's Europa League quarter-final win over Napoli has denied Ramsey a send-off appearance.

And the Spaniard, a three-time victor of the competition with Sevilla, will take a two-goal lead back to former club Valencia for next week's second leg after Aubameyang struck late on. "I've got two more years on my contract".

"I am very proud of the supporters and very proud of our work".

"Thankfully Auba scored the third one".

Arsenal's conceded nine times in their defeats to Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester, making it 51 for the season - their highest total in Premier League history - and the same defensive issues were apparent from the outset against Valencia.

However, the hosts did not learn their lesson and from another set-piece, Valencia took the lead when Diakhaby got the final touch at the back post to force home Rodrigo´s header across goal.

For the second, Lacazette showed equally ruthless predatory instincts, evading his marker with intelligent movement in the box before prodding a header from Granit Xhaka's cross over the line, despite Neto's best efforts, to hand the home side an unlikely lead. The move started and finished with Lacazette, also taking in Mesut Ozil along the way, but Aubameyang was the architect.

The chances continued to come for Arsenal´s front two as Aubameyang volleyed into the ground and over just before the break.

Lacazette wasted two gilt-edged chances to put the hosts in control, first fluffing a header from Aubameyang's cross with the goal gaping then weakly shooting straight at Neto.

Moments after Neto had made a superb save, Arsenal kept the ball alive and Sead Kolasinac's cross found Aubameyang at the far post to drive his volley home.

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