Unai Emery "excited" by prospect of winning Europa League with Arsenal

Paola Ditto
Marzo 15, 2019

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the fifth minute then crossed for Ainsley Maitland-Niles to level the tie on aggregate, the Gabon worldwide later scoring a second-half clincher.

Arsenal became only the second team in Europa League history to win a tie after losing the first leg 3-1.

Aubameyang is Arsenal's top scorer this season with 22 and they are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Unai Emery's men join fellow Premier League side Chelsea in the draw for the last eight, which takes place on Friday. "And the last teams, they are all very important, and it's going to be very hard", Emery said.

"I said to the players today, I'm excited (about) this competition, but it's exciting not only for the possibility to go to the Champions League, but also because it's one title", he said.

Aubameyang, who was cautioned for his celebration after the goal, missed two golden opportunities to extend the league in the closing minutes, chipping wide on one effort and scuffing a shot from close range after being left all alone in front of the net.

"It's also because it's one title and I think we can feel the possibility to win one title, doing this way with a hard moment like today and playing also against big teams".

"We are going to think the same before every match".

The Gabonese striker then proceeded to celebrate by putting on a Black Panther mask, which he was duly booked for by the referee.

Trailing 3-1 after the first leg Aubameyang got Arsenal off to the ideal start in the first five minutes, turning home Aaron Ramsey's cross.

"I needed the mask to represent me", Aubameyang said to BT Sport after his sixth brace of the season in all competitions.

The second leg was a bad-tempered affair with four yellow cards shown to each side by referee Andris Treimanis.

Ismaila Sarr scored the third goal for his side last week but the Rennes winger struggled to make a positive impression in the second leg.

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