Arsenal trail 2-1 as they host Villarreal in the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg.
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has termed the upcoming second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Valencia, as maybe the biggest game of his career at the club. Aubameyang had scored a hat-trick almost exactly two years ago, against Valencia in the second leg of a Europa League semi-final. The 31-year-old will look to emulate that performance against Villareal, with the English giants in desperate need of a quality performance.
“Definitely it was a good performance [against Valencia] and it was a big game as well. Yes I think it was my best performance since I’ve been here at Arsenal. It was really great game, hopefully I can do it tomorrow again,” said Aubameyang as quoted by the official website of Arsenal.
“I think I was really motivated in these types of games because a few times I have received some criticism of not being involved in big games, so I wanted to show people that it’s not true,” added the attacker.
The footballer termed the game against Villareal as a “big” one, expressing his optimism over a fine performance.
“This is why I am really excited to play this game tomorrow because it is a big game and it’s a big moment for all of us. Hopefully we deliver again. For sure it will be one of [the biggest games of my Arsenal career]. Definitely this season is the most important game and we know that we have to win this game,” stated Aubameyang.
The 31-year-old expressed his belief that the second leg was a “big opportunity” to get to the final.
“It is a big opportunity for us to get to the final, we play at home and this is maybe the biggest game of my Arsenal career,” he concluded.
Arsenal trail 2-1 as they host Villarreal in the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg. First-half goals from Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol put Villarreal firmly in the driving seat in Spain. The Gunners dug in, though, replying through a Nicolas Pepe penalty.