Arsenal may have done it the hard way, but they did just about manage to edge past Benfica and confirm their spot in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 16. Bukayo Saka was pinpointed as the leading man who got Mikel Arteta’s side over the finish line, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the one who was able to stick the ball in the back of the net on two separate occasions.
He spoke with the media after the game about the win and said how his nerves were doing knowing that Arsenal needed a goal if they wanted to avoid being dumped out of the competition.
“Solid! I have to tell the truth!” he told Arsenal.com. “It was a hard one, but at the end I think we deserved it because we showed great character tonight, all the team and the guys that came in as well. They gave so much for the comeback and we did it, so we are so happy!
“It’s hard because when you concede one, it’s okay, but then when you concede a second one, you know that you have to score two goals again, so it’s really hard, but as I said, we showed character and we kept calm during the whole match. We scored in the last minute and we are happy.
“It could be very good [for the rest of the campaign]. I think in this difficult season, hopefully this will give us some hope, but also some confidence for the future that we can do comebacks like this.”
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