Result: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang nets hat-trick as Arsenal cruise to Baku
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick to help Arsenal to a 4-2 win at the Mestalla as they booked their place in the Europa League final with a 7-3 aggregate victory.
The Gunners took their chances in the first leg to lead 3-1 at the midway stage and they were equally as clinical in Spain on Thursday night, scoring from four of their five shots on target.
Kevin Gameiro scored twice in the east of Spain, and Alexandre Lacazette added to his brace from the first leg, but the night belonged to Aubameyang as he struck three times in a deadly display.
Los Che started the match in an attacking manner and nearly had a second, only for Gameiro to block Rodrigo’s shot in front of goal.
Against the run of play, though, and from their first serious attack of the night, Lacazette flicked the ball on for Aubameyang to send it spinning past Neto with the outside of his boot.
Aubameyang tested Neto soon after and Goncalo Guedes sent a free kick marginally wide of the post, but it was Arsenal who came closest to scoring a second before half time as Lacazette skimmed the outside of the post from 10 yards after being teed up by Aubameyang.