Arsenal booked their place in the Europa League final with a 4-2 victory over Valencia in the Mestalla. It ensured a 7-3 aggregate win and means the Gunners will play Chelsea to determine who lifts the trophy.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsenal’s hero. His stunning hat-trick gave the Gunners the confidence to go on and win the game, whilst the whole team played their part in a memorable showing.
The Gunners will face Maurizio Sarri’s men later this month in Baku. Unai Emery’s side will probably need to win to earn a place in next season’s Champions League.
Following the final attention will turn towards the 2019/20 campaign. Emery is expected to oversee a squad overhaul in the summer, after making just minor tweaks prior to this season.
One man who might face an anxious summer is German enigma Mesut Ozil. The 30-year-old was disappointing in Valencia last night and some Gunners supporters feel he is on borrowed time at the Emirates Stadium.
Ozil has only started 20 games in the Premier League this season, playing a peripheral part since Emery arrived at the club. According to Spotrac, the playmaker is paid a staggering £350k-a-week and that could make offloading him problematic.
Following his abject display against Valencia, Arsenal fans took to Twitter. They weren’t happy and were quick to vent their frustrations at the ex-Real Madrid man:
Really woeful performance again from Ozil tonight, will be a hell of an achievement if we can ship him off this summer.
— Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) May 9, 2019
Ozil is such a brand. Puts in garbage performances all the time but chucks a jacket and shushes the opposition and people fawn over it. 🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮🚮
— Be Well (@SkipperAFC) May 9, 2019
I know the game doesn’t suit him but Ozil has been abject so far.
— Nic English (@nicwenglish) May 9, 2019
I don’t know why Ozil got booked for walking off like that. It’s the fastest he’s moved all season.
— NepentheZ (@NepentheZ) May 9, 2019
Ozil is embarrassing, can’t wAit till he’s gone ffs
— Gooner Adam (@AdzCampbell91) May 9, 2019
Don’t know what the Valencia fans are moaning about that’s the quickest Ozil has moved all game
— Johno ✖️ (@Talkinoutmyarse) May 9, 2019
Ozil fuming. Must have been gutted to get subbed after working his socks off.. oh wait 👀
— Amy Newman (@newmanqueen1) May 9, 2019
I don’t want to hear another thing about Ozil, he’s finished.
— Corz (@CorzNelson) May 9, 2019
We do play some scary football at times.
We have a midfield 3
Ozil Xhaka Torreira
2 can’t run and 1 is 5 foot high
No wonder I have high blood pressure 😂
— Clive (@clivepafc) May 9, 2019
Eye-opening quote from @arseblog this morning: “Since that deal was handed to him [Ozil] 15 months ago, the German has made just 4 Premier League assists.”
£350k per week. 4 assists.
— Jon (@Ormey88) May 8, 2019
Has to be said Ozil has been a complete and utter disgrace once again. Simply cannot go on like this.
— Elv (@Elvster10) May 9, 2019