Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.
Player ratings vs Benfica
Arsenal are through to the Europa League round of 16 stage thanks to a dramatic 3-2 (4-3 on aggregate) win over Benfica.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened and closed the scoring with a goal in each half, but that is only half of the story as the Gunners were on the brink of elimination until an 87th-minute winner from their captain.
There was even a rare goal from Kieran Tierney to celebrate, but defensive mistakes almost cost the north London outfit dearly as both of Benfica’s goals were through faults of their own.
Nonetheless, manager Mikel Arteta was pleased his side overcame a tricky tie and he will be watching the round of 16 draw closely as Manchester United are potential opponents.
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As expected, Aubameyang scored high in the ratings, as did wonderkid Bukayo Saka who more than played his part in the win by registering two assists.
But how did the rest of the team fare?
Click here for’s Arsenal player ratings vs Benfica.
Arteta transcript
The Gunners manager faced the media following the Benfica game and the main talking point from his press conference was about Saka’s performance.
“It is and as well because hes really fatigued. He’s played a lot of minutes. He hasnt had much rest.
“We asked him to go again and produce these moments and the boys done it against a really difficult formation, the way were so deep with the really small spaces, but hes found a way to do it again.”
Bukayo Saka claimed two assists for Arsenak vs Benfica (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Arteta also heaped praise on Aubameyang.
“I completely trust him because were producing the chances and you know when Auba has chances hes going to score goals. Last few days after the game in Rome against them he missed three opportunities that normally they are three goals for him.
“He needed to react and it’s great to see that the way he reacted is being upset and trying to be better and not just feeling sad for yourself in this moment. Im really pleased with what hes done tonight.”
Full transcript.
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Ceballos reacts
The most relieved man in the Arsenal squad after the win over Benfica was undoubtedly Dani Ceballos.
After needlessly giving away the free-kick that lead to the Gunners losing their lead in the first-half, it was his mistake that let Rafa Silva in to make it 2-1 to the Portuguese side.
Fortunately for Ceballos, his blushes were saved by Tierney as well as Aubameyang and the Spaniard took to social media after the game to own up to his error and thank his captain.
“This is football and you can always learn and make up for your errors!” he wrote on Twitter. “Up to the next round! Thank goodness!
“Let’s go Gunners! Thanks @Aubameyang7.”
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Grealish true transfer value revealed
Arsenal fans have regularly made it clear that Jack Grealish is a player they want to sign but securing his services from Aston Villa will be a challenging task.
The England international has contributed six goals and 10 assists in 22 Premier League appearances this season, with the Villa captain leading by example.
An astronomical fee would likely be demanded by Villa and any transfer would be expected to break the £72m record fee that was paid to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille.
Jack Grealish is held in high regard by Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka. (Image: Molly Darlington)
The fact that he signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal just last year, tying him down to the club until 2025, will further increase the necessary price for any transfer.
However, according to KPMG, who do yearly valuations of players based on the previous eight years’ transfer prices and looking at individual players’ position, age, nationality, contract length, performance, discipline, importance to the team and media and commercial potential, Grealish is worth less.
The England international has been issued with a price-tag of 71.2m (£61.59m) and is ranked 40th in the standings of most valuable players.