Arsenal’s stellar Europa League season goes on after a hard fought victory 3-2 over former European Champions Benfica of Portugal. Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng seems to have rediscovered his mojo, scoring a brace. There was a surprise in the starting 11 for the Gunners. Odegaard and Smith Rowe started the match together whilst former Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen, former City defender Otamendi and former QPR man Adel Taraabt started for the Lisbon side. Both sides technically were away as the match was being played in Greece. Bukayo Saka threaded a ball to Aubameyang for the first goal in the 21st minute. The young winger is making a strong case for player of the season for Arsenal.A clumsy foul by Dani Ceballos on German midfielder Weigl earned Benfica a free kick on the edge of the box on 42 minutes. Diogo Concalves bent the resultant free kick beyond Bernd Leno for 1-1. Sunday football defensing best describes the Benfica’s second goal of the evening. Take a look below. Dani Ceballos was having a nightmare of a game and Rafa Silva will not score an easier goal than that at this level.2-1 Benfica after 61 minutes.
Kieran Tierney got Arsenal back level 6 minutes later, beating two defenders to find space and unleashing a heck of a left foot shot past Leite. 2-2 was not enough for Arsenal to go through as they had conceded 2″away” goals on the night and they only scored once in Portugal. Saka and Aubameyang were not ready to call it quits yet. Saka found Pierre-Emerick unmarked at the far post of Leite’s goal, the cross from the right flank by the left footed winger. Aubamayeng had an easy header to send Arsenal through to the last 16 of the competition. 3-2 to Arsenal after 86 minutes and that is how it stayed. Arsenal’s season could be saved by this competition if they continue in this form.