Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a late dramatic winner as Arsenal cruised past Benfica in Europa League.
Gunners ‘home’ match was played at Karaiskakis Stadium, Greece to observe COVID-19 regulations saw Arteta’s side take an early lead and extend the aggregate to 2-1.
Benfica levelled through Diogo Goncalves thanks a superbly taken free kick when Julian Weigl was brought down by Dani Ceballos.
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Raf Silva doubled the lead for the visitors capitalizing on a short back header before dribbling past Leno and into an empty net.
Kieran Tierney reignited the tempo when he netted a low ball as Arsenal fought to avoid a Benfica away goal advantage.
Youngster Bukayo Saka chipped a clever ball which was headed home by the Gabon striker at the far left corner. The goal was however confirmed by VAR.
The win has seen Mikel Arteta’s side advance to the cup’s round of 16 with the draw set to be announced on Friday noon.
Arsenal have suffered this season in the league with the Gabon striker feeling missed in his role upfront forcing the club to struggle to record wins.
Leading to Europa league, he seemed to have found his way netting a hat-trick against Leeds and was at it again on Thursday night contributing to two of the three goals.
If consistency continues, Gunners will redeem themselves from Premier League trouble given their improved defense under Mikel Arteta.