'I'm especially happy with the result for Dani'

Mikel Arteta says he is especially relieved for Dani Ceballos after we completed a dramatic late comeback to beat Benfica on Thursday night.

The Spain midfielder gave away a free kick for Benfica's equaliser, then made a defensive error for their second - but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's late goal sent us into the last-16 of the Europa League.

"I'm especially happy for Dani because he's a player that lives his professional life as the most important thing in his life and I know that if we had lost that tie, for him it would have meant the world," Arteta told

"So that's when you need somebody like Auba to come and step in and score the goals and make him much happier than he would have been.

"I think again we made it really difficult for ourselves," the manager added. "Over the two legs we have given them two goals, and when that's the case you going to put the tie in a really difficult position.

"At the same time I'm really pleased with the character, the courage and the personality that team showed. And the willingness to win the tie, until the end, we threw everything at them and at the end we got rewarded because I think we merited to still be in the competition."

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