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Arsenal tear apart Valencia to reach Europa League final


Arsenal booked an unbelievable spot in the Europa League finals after beating La Liga side Valencia in the second leg.

Three goals from Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and a goal from Alexander Lacazette were enough to give Arsenal a convincing win away at Valencia.

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Valencia relied on home support to shake the Gunners defense as they applied pressure which paid off in the 11th when Gameiro tapped from close range.

The lead lasted for about six minutes when Aubameyang capitalized on a counter attack to send a wonderful volley behind the host net.

French man Lacazette doubled the lead in the 50th minute following a wonderful turn beating Valencia goalkeeper at the far-right side.

Gameiro restored both sides to a draw scoring from a back-heel flick beating Czech for the second time.

Also read: Arsenal beat Valencia in the Europa League

Two goals in the 69th and 88th minute from Aubameyang made it difficult for the host to recover as the aggregate was 3-7.

Europa League comeback

Judging from the Liverpool and Tottenham comebacks in the Champions League, many hoped for the same occurrence in the Europa League.

Even though Arsenal won on the night, odds were against them with many hoping for an uphill challenge from the Spanish side.

Arsenal tear apart Valencia to reach Europa League final

Aubameyang Lacazette partnership

Even though Unai Emry’s side lies 5th in the English Premier League, they have two best strikers who prove damage to other clubs.

From there tie against Valencia in the first round, the duo has created problems for the defence and even scored crucial goal for their club.

Arsenal will now face the  winner between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt in the final.

Alex Kiprop
News Moto sports correspondent. Catch up the latest results when they happen and as they happen, locally and international

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