Highlights : Arsenal FC 3 – 1 Valencia (Europa League SF 1st Leg)

Arsenal FC 3 – 1 Valencia Football Highlights

(UEFA Europa League) 
Venue : Emirates Stadium 

Lacazette and Aubameyang Arsenal FC


      Key Moments Recap :

      GOAL  : 11′ 0 – 1 Mouctar Diakhaby
      Oh dear, Arsenal. 11 minutes in and Valencia have the lead, and the away goal. Parejo lifts a corner into the far post, where it’s headed back across goal by Rodrigo.
      There’s three Arsenal players at the far post, Lacazette, Xhaka and Koscielny, but Diakhaby shows more desire than all of them to head the ball beyond Cech for the opener from close-range.

      GOAL : 18′ Alexandre Lacazette 1 – 1
      Like a bolt from the blue Arsenal are level! With their first shot of the game, they are level at the end of a brilliant break.
      A nice ball from Ozil finds Lacazette under pressure from Piccini just inside the Arsenal half, and he turns away before playing a brilliantly weighted through-ball between two defenders into Aubameyang’s path.
      He cuts back with Neto rushing out off his line, and squares for Lacazette to fire into an empty net from the edge of the box. Where did that come from?!

      GOAL : 26′ Alexandre Lacazette 2 – 1
      What a turnaround! Arsenal go from shambles to super in the blink of an eye, and Lacazette is the man in the goals again.
      This goal is a lot simpler, Xhaka crossing from deep on the left and catching Roncaglia on his heels, leaving Lacazette a free header at the far post which Neto makes a bit of a hash of, failing to properly palm it away, and despite the defender’s desperate last-ditch clearance the ball has already gone in – Arsenal lead!

      GOAL : 90′ Pierre-Emerick Auba… 3 – 1
      The third is finally here! Aubameyang might just have given Arsenal the advantage they need in this tie. Lacazette originally pulls a wonderful save out of Neto when his shot wickedly deflects off Gabriel, but he keeps the ball alive on the left flank and finds Kolasinac.
      His crosses have been questionable all night but he delivers when it matters – he curls one onto a sixpence at the back post where Aubameyang has made an excellent late-run, and he volleys in from a tight angle to put Arsenal two ahead on the night.
      Is that going to be the goal that ultimately puts Arsenal into the final? We’ve still got 90 minutes to go, but that’s breathing space for the Gunners at the Mestalla now.


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      Goals ( 3 – 1 ) And Cards
      ⚽11′ 0 – 1 Mouctar Diakhaby
      ⚽18′ Alexandre Lacazette 1 – 1
      ⚽26′ Alexandre Lacazette 2 – 1
      🌕31′ Mouctar Diakhaby
      🌕71′ Daniel Parejo
      ⚽90′ Pierre-Emerick Auba… 3 – 1
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      Player Ratings (Starting Lineup)

      Arsenal   Cech 7, Sokratis 7, Koscielny 6, Mustafi 6, Maitland-Niles 6, Guendozi 6, Xhaka 7, Kolasinac 7, Ozil 6, Aubameyang 7, Lacazette 8.
      Subs: Monreal 6, Torreira 7, Mkhitaryan 6.

      Valencia   Neto 7, Roncaglia 6, Diakhaby 7, Garay 7, Gabriel 7, Gaya 6, Parejo 7, Soler 6, Piccini 6, Rodrigo 6, Guedes 6.
      Subs: Wass 6, Santi Mina n/a, Gameiro 6.

      Man Of The Match : Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)

      Post Match Stats

      • Arsenal have progressed from 37 of their 40 ties in all European competition when winning the first leg, though Valencia were one of the three teams to eliminate them, in the 2000-01 Champions League quarter-final.
      • This is the 28th time Valencia have lost the first leg of a two-legged European tie – they’ve ended up winning the tie on 11 previous occasions, most recently against Basel in the 2013-14 Europa League.
      • Mouctar Diakhaby’s opener for Valencia was the first home goal Arsenal had conceded in the Europa League since the group stages, ending a run of 460 minutes without conceding for the Gunners at the Emirates.
      • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 30 goals in his 28 starts at the Emirates in all competitions (23 goals, 7 assists).
      • 27 of Alexandre Lacazette’s 35 goals in all competitions for Arsenal have come at the Emirates Stadium (77%).

      Arsenal FC Aubameyang and Lacazette


      • Arsenal have reached the semi-final stage of European competitions in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1993/94-1994/95, when they ultimately made the finals of the Cup Winners’ Cup two seasons running.
      • This is Valencia’s first European semi-final appearance since 2013/14, when they reached the same stage of this competition before being eliminated by a Sevilla side that were managed by current Arsenal boss Unai Emery.
      • Arsenal have faced Valencia on five previous occasions in all competitions, winning just once (D2 L2), in a Champions League quarter-final first leg in 2000/01 – Valencia eliminated them via away goals.
      • Valencia have won two of their last three games against Arsenal (D1), winning last time out in the Champions League second group stage in 2002/03 at the Mestalla – however, they are winless in two away visits to Arsenal (D1 L1).
      • Arsenal have kept nine clean sheets in their last 11 European games, conceding just four goals in total in that period.

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