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Arsenal vs. Benfica .. Arteta: Elimination would have been tough and happy for Ceballos

Spaniard Mikel Arteta, the coach of Arsenal's English team, expressed his happiness to qualify for the 16th round of the European League, after the fatal victory over its Portuguese guest Benfica, by three goals to two, in the match that was held at the "Karaiskakis" stadium in Greece, in the second leg of the 32nd round of the competition For the current season 2020-2021.

Arsenal qualified for the next round with a total of the two matches 4-3, after the first leg between the two teams ended with a 1-1 positive draw in the meeting that was held at the "Olympic" stadium in the Italian capital, Rome, after its transfer from Portugal due to travel rules related to the Corona pandemic.

Arteta said in comments after the end of the match: "Today's exit was going to be very tough. We gave them two goals. When you do that you will be in real trouble, but the team's reaction after that gave me hope."

And about Ceballos' mistake in Benfica's second goal, Arteta said: "I am personally very happy for him. If that mistake meant leaving us out of the tournament, it would be mentally tough for him."

About Aubameyang, Arteta said: “I trust him completely because he produces opportunities. You know that when the opportunity arises for Obamyang, he will score goals, it is great to see the way he was behaving, he tried to be better and not only feel sad about himself in these the moment".


Arteta continued, saying: "Qualifying preserves the season, in a much better way today. It would have been very tough with what happened in the two matches to get out of the competition."


"He changed the course of the match, created Terni's goal and created some positive offensive moves," Arteta said of Brazilian Willian.




The Egyptian international, Mohamed El-Niny, was on the bench for Arsenal in the match tonight, before participating in the stoppage time of the match.

Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Arsenal's first goal in the 21st minute, with a superb pass from young Bukayo Saka, before Benfica equalized through Diego Gonçalves with a superb goal in the 43rd minute from a direct free kick.

In the second half, Rafa Silva scored Benfica's second goal in the 61st minute, as a result of a fatal mistake by Danny Ceballos, and Arsenal quickly tied in the 67th minute with a goal by Scottish Kieran Tierney.

In the 87th minute, Aubameyang managed to score the fatal victory for Arsenal with a header, as a result of a cross from Saka.

The European Union moved the match from the "Emirates" stadium in the British capital, London, to Greece due to travel restrictions imposed as a result of the Corona pandemic.