Aubameyang apologises to Arsenal fans following Europa League exit

Aubameyang apologises to Arsenal fans following Europa League exit
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

by Staff Reporter

Sunday May 09, 2021. 14:00

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has apologised to the club’s fans following defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals.

The Gunners lost 2-1 on aggregate to Unai Emery’s Villarreal to cap a disappointing campaign for the north London club.

Arsenal will finish the 2020-21 season without silverware and are set to miss out on European football next season, as they currently occupy 10th spot on the English Premier League standings.

“We knew we had a great chance to progress in the competition and get to the final in Poland – and then to try to reach our objective of winning a trophy. But it just didn’t happen for us,” Aubameyang wrote in the club’s matchday programme.

“We struggled to find our rhythm in the first half and didn’t give Villarreal enough problems. And when we had a chance, the luck wasn’t there for us, when I hit the post with the volley and then the header in the second half.

“I thought we started the second half with more energy and put them under pressure, but we just couldn’t maintain that drive and ultimately, we just didn’t find a way through Villarreal.

The Gabon international continued: “I thought my header was in when it hit the post but it just wasn’t going to happen. Like I said, we are really upset about going out of the competition at this stage, for ourselves, for the club and most of all for you the supporters.

“It’s been such a difficult season for fans and we desperately wanted to give you something positive this season – I’m just so sorry we couldn’t do it for you,” Aubameyang added.

The 31-year-old has scored 15 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions this season.

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