"He Is Worse Than Santos", "Give Him the Captain's Armband" - Fans React After Europa League Win Over Valencia


Arsenal went a step closer to the final of the Europa League through a 3-1 win over Valencia on Thursday night.

The tie which was the first leg of our semi-final project began with a heart-in-the-mouth scene which saw us concede in the 11th minute. We had failed to properly handle a corner from the opposition thereby gifting Rodrigo Moreno the chance to head it across goal for Diakhaby to nod one past Petr Cech in the midst of three Arsenal defenders.

Looking at how things played out in our last three league games, it was normal for we the fans to have a rigorously pounding heart but we did not have to bear the pain for too long as Alexandre Lacazette revived our hopes with a strike about seven minutes from the opener.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a cut-back after a run before unselfishly laying a pass for the Frenchman to slot home.

Laca nodded in a Granit Xhaka cross to extend our lead before the break. He has become the third Arsenal player to score a brace in the semi-final of a European contest. The first two were Charley George and Steve Bould in the 1970 Fairs Cup and 1995 Cup Winners’ Cup respectively.

Fans were very happy that their prolific striker was there to deliver at a crucial moment and poured out encomiums for his sake. One made reference to his reaction after we conceded and demanded that he be honoured with the captain armband. The Twitter bandwagon did not also fail to lash out at Sead Kolasinac for his poor delivery at some point in the game. See tweets below:

Aubameyang closed the day with our third by volleying in from close range. It was Kolasinac who got it right with his cross this time around.

The result puts Arsenal at advantage ahead of the return leg in Spain. The two-goal advantage means we have the upper hand going into the fixture and if we do not act like we have done in recent games, we should be sure of a place in Baku on May 28.

A game with Brighton & Hove, our last home match in the Premier League this season, will come on Sunday. Once done, we will make a trip to Spain to put finishing touches to what we have started.

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