Nacho Monreal says that Arsenal expected to be under pressure early on in last night’s 4-2 win over Valencia as the home side pushed to get back into the tie after the 3-1 first leg defeat.
Kevin Gameiro’s 11th minute goal could have really caused problems for a team that has been brittle away from home this season, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled things, and that seemed to take the wind out of their sails a bit.
The striker ended up with his first Arsenal hat-trick, bolstered by a fantastic Alexandre Lacazette strike, and afterwards the Spaniard reflected on what was a successful night for the club.
“I’m really happy, really happy,” he said when asked how he felt about making the final in Baku.
“I played so many times here. The first 15 mins was hard, we expected it, their fans pushed them a lot. But after 15 minutes the game calmed down, we started to have the ball and played good balls and we had control.
“The first goal was really important. We started the game thinking our first target was to score because we knew scoring one goal would make it really difficult for them.
“When Auba scored the first goal, in that moment the team had more control and we played a good game.”