LONDON: The Gunners only mustered one goal despite creating abundant opportunities in front of the net.
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed one of the easiest chances he’ll ever find in Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League draw against Benfica, side-footing a first-half shot wide of an open net from just outside the six-yard box.
The Arsenal forward, who was also flagged offside on four occasions, knows his subpar performance could prove costly. The Gunners likely need to win the continental competition to qualify for the Champions League next year given their positioning in the domestic table, and they now face a tense second leg against their Portuguese opponent next week.
Aubameyang, who surely should take the blame for yesterday dismal performance, has apologised for his wastefulness on social media following the match.
“We deserved better and i should Score couple goals today but still one Game to Go we keep going,” Aubameyang wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta reacted to his side failurer to secure a win against the Portuguese side despite dominating the game.
“Well, these things happen,” Arteta said. “He was at the end of the biggest chances that we had tonight.
“He was unlucky not to score two or three tonight because in normal circumstances that would be the case,” he added.