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Arsenal duo produce a strikers’ masterclass on the stomping ground of two former Valencia heroes

A new partnership flourished on a ground where a former duo starred

Arise, sirs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal’s attacking duo were the difference as the Gunners advanced to the Europa League final after a 7-3 aggregate win over Valencia.


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Your strikers don’t drip like these two

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Your strikers don’t drip like these two

Lacazette and Aubameyang produced a strikers’ masterclass at the Mestalla – a stadium that was once home to two of Europe’s deadliest frontmen.

David Villa and Fernando Morientes graced the Spanish club between 2006-09 and even worked together under Unai Emery in the 2008/09 season.

Hug me brother

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Hug me brother

While Villa was still cutting his teeth and to great success – finishing as Los Ches’ top scorer four seasons in a row, Morientes was looking to resurrect his career following a disappointing spell with Liverpool.

The forward had a distinctly forgettable stint in England

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The forward had a distinctly forgettable stint in England

The cultured striker restored his reputation at the Mestalla and his partnership with Villa flourished in the 2007-08 season.

The pair combined for 26 goals as Valencia won the Copa de Rey, Morientes scoring the third goal in a 3-1 win over Getafe in the final.

Villa’s pace and precision movement complimented Morientes’ astute hold up play, producing a yin and yang relationship.

Celebrate like nobody is watching

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Celebrate like nobody is watching

The Valencia faithful would have got all sorts of nostalgic flashbacks having witnessed the telepathic nature of Aubameyang and Lacazette’s link up.

Emery’s latest attacking spoils combined to restore parity after the Gunners found themselves trailing early in the game.

Lacazette’s deft header fell neatly into the path of his team-mate who finished brilliantly with the outside of his foot.

Aubameyang rounded off his night with a hat-trick as Lacazette’s workman-like attitude proved invaluable.

One ground, two great partnerships, a decade apart.


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