Europa League: Arsenal hammer Valencia 3-1 at Emirates

Europa League: Arsenal hammer Valencia 3-1 at Emirates

Europa League: Arsenal hammer Valencia 3-1 at Emirates

Arsenal, Europa League semi-finalists past year, had lost three consecutive Premier League games to drop to fifth place in the table with two games left - undermining their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via a top-four finish.

Video footage showed fans in the away end of the Emirates Stadium leaning over a barrier towards the home supporters and making monkey gestures and Nazi salutes moments after the final whistle of Arsenal's 3-1 win.

When asked whether the conceding of set-pieces concerned him, Arsenal boss Emery said following the match: "Yes but they have very good players and a good team.

Why not? I'm 30 now, still got years in front of me, it's down to the club as well of course, but I've got two years here - after that I don't know what happens", Ozil told Sky Sports.

Alexandre Lacazette shortly brought the Gunners back into the tie, completing a fine team move by sliding home into an empty net after recieving the ball from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Emery, however, has sounded it clear that his side wants to win the Europa League and qualify straight to the Champions League.

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The Gunners came into the game in dismal form having suffered three successive Premier League defeats.

However, if they do finish in the top four, then England will not get an extra spot.

What looked kike a shaky start after Mouctar Diakhaby put the visitors ahead ended up in a terrific night for the North London side, as Alexandre Lacazette found the equaliser just six minutes later.

But Lacazette stopped Valencia in their tracks seven minutes after the hosts went behind.

Valencia burst back into life in the second half and it needed a fearless header by Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny to stop a cross reaching the unsafe Goncalo Guedes.

Valencia, losing semi-finalists in 2012 and 2014, would have been reasonably content heading back to Spain with a one-goal deficit but they switched off in the dying minutes.

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