Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in Arsenal’s Europa League opener and immediately set his sights on the final in Baku.
The Gabonese hitman led the line for Unai Emery’s men in the 4-2 win over Ukrainian side Vorskla at the Emirates.
And after scoring just once in five Premier League games, he rediscovered his scoring touch with two well-taken goals.
It was Aubameyang’s first European appearance for the Gunners, having been cup-tied last term following his January move from Borussia Dortmund.
Without him Arsenal reached the semi-finals of last season’s competition, falling against eventual winners Atletico Madrid.
And Aubameyang made clear post-game that he is looking to go one better, and has set his sights on European glory.
“We want to go to the final of course,” he said. “I didn’t play the Europa League last year with the guys so I am really happy to be back in this competition.
“It’s good to start with a win, and the next game will be important also.
“I think we played well in the first half and in the beginning of the second as well. We have to improve and try to fight not to concede a goal like we did in the last minute.”
“But I hope we can do well in the next few games. We know the Premier League is long. We have to win these games straight away and perform quickly. It is good to start with a win.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to face Manchester United despite being sent off on his Champions League debut for Juventus .
Ronaldo saw red after appearing to pull the hair of Valencia defender Jeison Murillo during Wednesday night’s clash.
However, UEFA sources have suggested that the mandatory one-game suspension is unlikely to be extended to a two or three matches which would have ruled him out of an emotional return to Old Trafford on October 23 and Juve’s home game against Jose Mourinho’s team on November 7.
European football’s governing body have opened disciplinary proceedings against Ronaldo – who left the field in tears – and the case will be dealt with by their control, ethics and disciplinary panel next Thursday.
There is no right of appeal over the one-game ban but sources say that disciplinary officials, who have viewed television footage of the incident, do not regard Ronaldo’s indiscretion as worthy of an increased punishment, even though he took a long time to leave the pitch amid heated protests.
Former United midfielder Darren Fletcher said: “”It was a soft sending-off for Ronaldo, but the letter of the law says you probably cannot do that, so I think the one-match ban will probably stick.
“He will feel like he was letting his team-mates down in that moment, but I expect him to play in both games against Manchester United .”
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