Gabon's Aubameyang strikes twice as Arsenal win Europa League tie (4-2)

Lynette Rowe
September 23, 2018

At Arsenal, Unai Emery, the man who did so well with Sevilla then not so well with Paris Saint-Germain, has been handed the poisoned chalice of replacing Arsene Wenger and so far the French coach has chose to imitate his flawed predecessor rather than herald in a new, pragmatic approach in north London.

Arsenal's next opponents are Everton, another team that have struggled defensively so far, and they will be hoping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can take advantage of that weakness, especially after the striker rediscovered his scoring form with two goals against Vorskla.

The game took a different start though, and it took Arsenal a while to find a rhythm.

Emery made eight changes for the Europa League clash as he rested his key players for Everton's visit to the Emirates Stadium.

"But we need to continue to improve on this because in the last minute in Newcastle and again today in the last 20 minutes, we conceded two goals".

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Emery has made changes of his own, giving a debut to goalkeeper Bernd Leno in midweek in place of Petr Cech, while central defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos arrived in pre-season from Borussia Dortmund. "For me it is a little bit odd, but OK, mistakes are made, I make them as well, and the assistant and ref they can make them as well".

Marco Silva will demand his Everton players are much-improved for the clash against Arsenal, who were in Europa League action on Thursday night and could be worn out as a result. For me, the Europa League is very important. I had great times but I feel like I'm going to have even greater times here, I really do. To say "we believe in this team, we know we have a great squad and we can go toe to toe with the big English clubs". I keep calm. My chance will come. "I think it is better [for him] to leave the match", said Emery, with Everton the next visitors to north London on Sunday.

Richarlison returned to the Toffees line up after serving a two-game suspension, while the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette were back in the Arsenal side. "I am going to work with them, with Lacazette, with Aubameyang, with Danny [Welbeck], and give them my confidence".

In midfield, Tom Davies came in for Morgan Schneiderlin and was handed the captain's armband, while in attack, Dominic Calvert-Lewin moved into the centre-forward role instead of Cenk Tosun and Richarlison returned in the wide left role.

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