Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he was happy to bury the memory of last year’s last-gasp miss against Olympiakos by scoring an all-important brace against Benfica to carry the Gunners to the Europa League last-16.
Having missed three good opportunities in the first leg, the captain put things right in Athens as the Gunners survived a scare to recover from 2-1 down to snatch a 3-2 win on the night and a 4-3 victory on aggregate.
“Everyone is happy tonight,” Aubameyang told BT Sport.
“Definitely, I had this [miss against Olympiakos] in my head but this is what gives me power every day; take the error from the past and transform it into strength. I’m really happy that we won the game.”
On a night when Arsenal’s season teetered on a knife-edge, the Gunners were thankful not just for Aubameyang’s input but also that of Bukayo Saka, who laid on both of the striker’s goals, and Kieran Tierney, who hammered home a well-timed equaliser to make it 2-2.
“I think the team showed character, a lot of character,” said Auba.
“We deserved the win. It was a hard game but tonight I’m really happy for all the team, what we showed tonight is going to be an example for the future.”