By Charles Embola
Football writer kick442.com-Cameroon.
The club captain was twice on target last night for the Gunners who fought extremely hard against a stubborn opponent as Benfica of Lisbon Portugal. Arsenal and Benfica had shared the spoils 1-1 in the first leg of the UEL double header which was played in Italy one week ago.
Arsenal though host to the second leg, was forced to take on their rivals in Greece and took the lead 21 minutes into the the game through a sublime strikers finish from Aubameyang.
Arsenal were fought against the run of play in the 43rd Minute when Guncalves (Benfica) converted a free kick just out of the 18 yard to beat Bernd Leno and put the score 1-1 before the break.
Upon resumption of the second half, Arsenal kept the momentum but once again a silly and poorly dosed back pass from Dani Ceballos was intercepted by Silva who finished calmly for Arsenal 1-2 Benfica in the 61st minute of play.
Mikel Arteta decided to make some changes and brought in Thomas Partey (Ghanian) who had just returned from 3 weeks injury spell. Thomas brought much needed steel to Arsenal’s midfield and in the 67th minute Left back Tierney fired a low missile to make it 2 goals for both sides. At this stage Arsenal were still out of the UEL on the away goal rule which was in Benfica’s advantage.
The Gunners kept the pressure, and Nigerian born Bokayo Sako (19) took matters into his hands just out of the rivals vital zone to deposit a whooping cross to the far post which met the Gabon goal machine for a fine header and he made it 3-2 for the night and 4-3 aggregate score to see Arsenal go through.
Draws for the round of 16 will be conducted today in Lausanne Switzerland and Arsenal will have a clear idea of their next opponent.
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