Unai Emery says Arsenal, led by goal scorers Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, delivered a ‘good performance’ as we secured a 3-1 win against Valencia in our Europa League semi-final first leg at the Emirates.
The visitors took advantage of a nervy start by the home side to open the scoring with just 11 minutes on the clock but the Gunners responded to the willing support of the crowd to reach the break in front courtesy of Lacazette’s brace.
Despite a dominant performance, it looked as though we’d be settling for a one-goal advantage heading into next week’s return fixture before Aubameyang converted in stoppage time to put us in an even stronger position.
“We can be happy today,” he said. “Also, we can be proud of our supporters because here in Emirates we found this support for us in the 90 minutes.
“I’m also proud of the players because after 1-0 it’s not easy to be calm and come back with the result against this team.
“It’s not normal that Valencia concede three goals, especially after starting at 1-0 because they are a very, very good team on the transition.
“That’s the reason I am proud of our work today. But the second leg is going to be very difficult.”
On the contribution of his strikers, he said, “Yes, a very good performance from them both. But every player on the team, I am very proud of the players.
“I am very proud of the supporters and very proud of our work. Today, we can be happy. But I told them: it’s the first leg. The second leg will be very difficult.
“When you can enjoy this performance with the supporters, I think every supporter of Arsenal is happy as well. But with calmness we will prepare for the second leg.”