A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double despatched Arsenal by way of to the last-16 of the Europa League as they beat Benfica 4-Three on mixture.
The ahead netted two of Arsenal’s three objectives of their ‘residence’ leg as they took a 3-2 victory on the evening.
Aubameyang missed plenty of possibilities within the first leg however greater than made up for it with the all-important objectives.
It spared the blushes of his teammate Dani Ceballos whose poor defensive error regarded prefer it was going to ship the Gunners crashing out.
After lacking a number of possibilities through the 1-1 attract Rome final week, Arsenal captain Aubameyang opened the scoring, getting onto the top of a move from Bukayo Saka earlier than he lifted the purpose over the goalkeeper.
Regardless of dominating the primary half, Arsenal conceded an equaliser simply two minutes earlier than the interval as Diogo Goncalves curled residence a fantastic free-kick.
The identical sample firstly of the second half prompted Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus right into a triple substitution.
But it surely was an error from Ceballos which allowed the Primeira Liga aspect to take the lead, miscuing a header from an extended ball ahead and permitting Rafa Silva to nip in and switch the tie on its head.
Arteta reacted by bringing on Willian and Partey and the previous offered an help quickly after, rolling the ball into the trail of Kieran Tierney who arrowed Arsenal stage within the tie – however behind on away objectives.
Aubameyang grabbed the essential third purpose with 87 minutes on the clock, heading in on the again submit following a pinpoint cross from Saka.
It was sufficient to ship the Gunners by way of and stop the potential embarrassment of crashing out of the competitors on the spherical of 32 stage once more.