Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang crashed home his third goal of the night in the final minute to seal Arsenal’s 4-2 win at Mestalla, even the Valencia fans stood and applauded.
There was nothing else they could do. They had done their best all night to knock the Gunners out of their stride, but in the end, they had to stand and admire a striking performance as good as you will see in Europe all season.
Arsenal arrived in Spain with their season on the verge of collapse, but thanks to Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette they are now in their first European final for 13 years and just 90 minutes away from a return to the ChamWithin six minutes of Gameiro opening the scoring, Aubameyang had leveled with a stunning half volley from 20 yards, set up, of course, by Lacazette.
It was a fabulous finish from the Gabon international, and things could have got even better soon after when his thrilling run down the right set up a chance for Lacazette, who clipped the post.
Given how clinical he usually is in front of goal, it was a surprise to see the France striker miss the target, but he did not make the same mistake five minutes after the restart when he buried a fine effort past Neto into the bottom corner to all but finish the tie.