Aubameyang hat-trick guides Arsenal to Europa League final


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal into the Europa League final by scoring the hat-trick that ended Valencia's hopes of another dramatic European comeback on Thursday.

Chelsea and Arsenal enjoyed plain sailing through their respective Europa League groups with both teams collecting 16 points from a possible 18, albeit against unfancied rivals.

Arsenal coach Unai Emery has urged his players to rise to the challenge and seal their place in the Europa League final when they face his former side Valencia in the second leg of their last four tie.

Chelsea supporters have praised the showing of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga during the second leg of the club's Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The north London club, who are fifth in the Premier League, require a win, an unlikely eight-goal swing and for fourth-placed Tottenham to lose on the final day to finish in the top four.

Arsenal know they can not now finish in the top four in the Premier League, meaning winning the Europa League is their only route into next season's Champions League. The final will take place on May 29 in the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. We played 61 matches, so it's very hard.

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Gameiro said Valencia have to "go out fast and try to score an early goal, but if we don't do that, we have to remember we have 90 minutes to win the game".

"We keep our feet on the ground and we know that tomorrow is another hard 90 minutes", he said. Today was really good and we played against a very hard team and we are very happy.

"Big players can be good strikers but when their commitment is like today, defensively also, to work to help us, it is incredible".

"Every game is different and just because Liverpool beat Barcelona it doesn't mean we have to knock out Arsenal, but if we do pull it off it's because we believed we could be in the final". "We can still prepare the team for the game with Holland".

Speaking at a news conference ahead of the semi-final, Sarri said: "Kante had a problem with his hamstring, not really a very serious one but he needs to rest for a couple of weeks". So I think the English sides are finishing this season well and will start the next one well too. "It's all so handsome, so attractive, that it does not allow us to go further", Marcelino added.