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Aubameyang the hero, but Saka takes the plaudits as Arsenal keep season alive with Benfica late show

Aubameyang the hero, but Saka takes the plaudits as Arsenal keep season alive with Benfica late show

 

Arsenal kept their European campaign alive and kicking this evening, courtesy of a nail-biting victory over Benfica.

Auba at the double

Mikel Arteta’s men made the trip to Greece a short time ago, for the 2nd-leg of their Europa League Last-32 showdown with the Portuguese giants.

The tie of course sat on a knife-edge ahead of kick-off, on the back of a 1-1 stalemate in the opener between the sides last week.

Arsenal were aware ahead of proceedings getting underway that their season, as a whole, essentially rested on the outcome of the action in Attica, with the north Londoners languishing in mid-table in the Premier League, 6 points adrift of the top-6.

As such, hearts were no doubt in Gunners mouths across the globe when, after taking the lead through Pierre-Emerick’s cute dinked finish, Benfica turned the tie on its head just past the hour mark.

Diogo Goncalves was first on target , rifling home a stunning free-kick, before Rafa Silva took full advantage of a Dani Ceballos mistake to round Bernd Leno and slot home.

Arsenal, however, showcased impressive steel to pull level a little over 20 minutes from time, when Kieran Tierney picked out the far corner with a rasping drive:

Then, with 87 minutes on the clock, and hopes fading fast, the Gunners came up with the evening’s telling moment.

A wonderful piece of skill and subsequent cross on the part of Bukayo Saka saw the teenage talent’s delivery nodded home at the back post by Aubameyang, to secure a 3-2 win on the night, and 4-3 victory on aggregate:

Starboy

On the back of proceedings coming to a close at the Karaiskakis Stadium, most would likely have envisioned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stealing the headlines, on the back of a match-winning brace this evening.

However, this has since proven far from the case.

Whilst Arsenal’s captain of course proved crucial versus Benfica, he was not the true catalyst en route to victory for Mikel Arteta and co.

This title goes to the ever-impressive Bukayo Saka.

It is starting to feel as though each and every time he steps onto the pitch, the 19-year-old is primed to come up with a telling contribution, and tonight proved no different.

After bagging the assist for Aubameyang’s opener, as outlined above, Saka was also responsible for Arsenal’s winner, courtesy of a moment of brilliance befitting of a player far beyond his years.

In turn, it has since come as little surprise to see Saka’s name take centre stage online, with some of the social media highlights showcased below:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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