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‘I completely trust him’: Mikel Arteta lauds Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Mikel Arteta insists he ‘completely trusts’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in front of goal after Arsenal striker showed his class to score decisive brace in Europa League victory over Benfica

  • Arsenal progressed to the last-16 of the Europa League in dramatic fashion
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as they beat Benfica 3-2 on Thursday
  • His late second goal saw the Mikel Arteta’s side win the tie 4-3 on aggregate 

Mikel Arteta insists he has ‘complete trust’ in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his captain banished painful memories from 12 months ago to score a brace against Benfica and guide Arsenal into the last 16 of the Europa League.

The Gunners were just three minutes away from crashing out on away goals – despite both legs being played at neutral venues.

Current coronavirus travel restrictions meant the Gunners had to ‘host’ the second leg of their round-of-32 tie in Athens, where Aubameyang’s late header saw them win 3-2 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate.

Mikel Arteta (R) insists he has ‘complete trust’ in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L)

Tied at 1-1…