Aubameyang hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Valencia to reach Europa League final

Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi sat on the bench for Arsenal in their 4-2 away win over Valencia in the second leg of their semifinal clash in the Europa League.

Gabonese striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick as Arsenal reach the final of the competition.

Leading 3-1 from the first leg at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners put up yet another fight in Spain to seal a 7-3 aggregate win.

Valencia, who saw off Villarreal on their way to the last four, needed to score two unreplied goals at home in order to advance.

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They got off to a good start as they opened the scoring in the 11th minute through Kevin Gameiro’s close-range effort, but Arsenal pegged back six minutes after.

Alexander Lacazette scored in the 50th minute to put the Gunners in front, but the lead was short-lived as Gameiro tapped in Valencia’s second of the night before Aubameyang rounded off the scoring.

Arsenal failed to beat Brighton last weekend and thus ended their top four race in the Premier League.

They have a chance to qualify for the Champions League next season by winning the Europa final against the winners of the other semifinal clash between Chelsea and Frankfurt.

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