We’ll only know the true significance of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late goal next Thursday night, but the man himself suspects that it could be “important”.
It was Alex Lacazette’s double that gave us a 2-1 first-leg lead over Valencia at Emirates Stadium, and there was a sense that we needed to capitalise on a spell of late pressure to make the second leg in Spain just that little bit simpler.
Aubameyang obliged with a far-post finish from Sead Kolasinac’s cross - his fifth Europa League goal on home soil this season.
“Yeah, I think that goal will hopefully be important,” he said after the game.
“We started the game not so good, but we had a good reaction after that and I think today we played very well to win this game.
“We started the game a bit nervous because we lost the last three games, and that’s normal because we’re human, but after that we had a good reaction.
“We have a lot quality in this group and we can get to the final, but we know the next game will be difficult. If we do the same ingredients there, we will go through.
“I think it’s our target to reach the final and win this trophy because we know it’s an opportunity to qualify for next year’s Champions League. Last year we stopped at the semi-finals and I think now we have learnt a lot from last year’s errors and hopefully this year we will not do the same.”