Who are these masked footballers? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raul Jimenez, Jonas Gutierrez

Heather Diaz
March 16, 2019

With Spain lacking their usual dominating presence in the latter stages of UEFA's two premier club competitions, few domestic advocates will have been too overjoyed with Villarreal and Valencia being drawn together in the Europa League quarter-final.

The Ligue 1 side built a 3-1 lead in last week's opening leg but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang recorded two goals and an assist in Thursday's return at Emirates Stadium to send the Gunners through 4-3 on aggregate.

"We suspected before the tie that nothing would go in our favour, with the leg reversal".

"These two matches have been very hard", Emery added.

Very hard week, United on Sunday and Rennes today. We made it hard, but we knew how strong we are at home and we deservedly went through tonight'.

Europa League remains an excellent route for Arsenal to get back into the Champions League, and with there being no clear-cut favourite at the moment, Unai Emery will be hoping that his past successes give his side the upper-hand as the tournament moves forward.

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"We can be proud today".

"I think today we played very consistently over 90 minutes, being competitive without the ball and very serious defensively".

Alexandre Lacazette was able to take his place in a strong Arsenal side against Rennes after his three-match ban for a sending-off in Borisov was reduced to two on appeal.

Ismaila Sarr's third goal for the hosts in the dying embers of the first leg looked to have swung the tie Rennes' way and the Senegalese had the chance for a vital away goal, only for Sead Kolasinac to produce a saving last-ditch tackle.

"And second, it means that Naples are in the final and I am happy". But we know for the next game we have to be better in both games.

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