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Emery loved the Lacazette-Aubameyang connection

Arsenal v Valencia - UEFA Europa League Semi Final : First Leg
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After the surprising victory against Valencia at the Emirates Stadium, manager Unai Emery was happy with the Lacazette-Aubameyang link.

The UEFA Europa League gave us a thrilling match between Arsenal FC and Valencia CF, a game where Lacazette and Aubameyang scored.

Both strikers have formed one of the most prolific duos in the competition and manager Unai Emery is thrilled to have them both by his side.

This game gave us a surprising first minutes after Valencia scored the initial goal during the first half, they did it with a strike from Diakhaby.

However, Alexandre Lacazette wasn’t happy with this momentary result and it took him seven minutes to score the equalizer.

That first goal proved that both strikers share a unique connection in front of the goal.

A link that could prove good enough for them to reach the UEFA Europa League final by the end of the season, suddenly silverware seems possible for the Gunners.

A trophy during his very first season with the squad would take Unai Emery to heights that not even Arsene Wenger could get during his two decades as the club’s manager.

The Spanish coach is using all the experience he has in the competition to use his players in the most beneficial way for the club.

He spoke to the press about the result after the match.

“It’s a good result at home in the first leg but the second leg is going to be very difficult and maybe different,” said Arsenal boss Emery via Four Four Two.

“I consider it to be a 50/50 for the two teams. We can be happy today and proud of the players because after 1-0 it’s not easy to be calm and come back with this team.”

“It’s not normal Valencia concede three goals. They are a very, very good team. And it is the reason I am very proud of our work today but it’s going to be very difficult.”

“I still believe that the tie is in the balance, we know how tough it will be to beat Valencia again. And they will be looking to respond.”

“Aubameyang and Lacazette played very well this evening,” he added.

“We managed to get in dangerous situations near their goal, and in the first half towards the end we got in four to five times out wide.”

“The game was played in strange circumstances given how it started… there were moments where we got things right and times when we didn’t, and they could have scored in the second half.”

“We need to play there thinking to win, thinking to score, thinking to take our moment in attack. They are going to feel strong with their supporters there.”

Emery’s chances against his former squad.

We can’t forget that Unai Emery has a past in Valencia as a manager, a club he coached between the years 2008 and 2012.

However, his trophy room is packed with success from the years in which he coached Sevilla FC.

The Spanish manager is considered almost a deity in Seville due to his past with the club, where he transformed the squad into one of the most feared in the competition.

Emery coached the Spanish club between the years 2013 and 2016, he didn’t win any trophies during his first season but he never imagined what was in store for him.

The manager took the Andalucian squad to three consecutive Europa League finals, he won all three of them and transformed the club into the most successful in the competition’s history.

Arsene Wenger never won a single European championship with Arsenal during his time there, he actually lost the UEFA Cup once and the Champions League another time.

Emery is within a single win from reaching what Wenger only got once in over two decades coaching the Gunners, he might do it on his first season with the club.

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