Arsenal 3-1 Valencia: Gunners in firm control of Europa League semi-final after late goal

Valencia will take an away goal back to Mestalla, but Marcelino’s men trail Arsenal 3-1 after the first leg of the Europa League semi-final.

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 at home in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final.

Mouctar Diakhaby headed Valencia into an early lead at Emirates Stadium on Thursday but within 14 minutes the Gunners had turned the tie around.

Lacazette first finished off a swift counter-attack involving Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before heading home Granit Xhaka’s cross to put Unai Emery’s men in front.

And the Spaniard, a three-time winner of the competition with Sevilla, will take a two-goal lead back to former club Valencia for next week’s second leg after Aubameyang struck late on.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late goal gave Arsenal a commanding 3-1 lead over Valencia after the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

The Gabon striker volleyed in from close-range in the final minute to give Arsenal a more comfortable advantage than they had seemed likely to take back to the Mestalla next Thursday, turning in Sead Kolasinac’s pinpoint cross.

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