- Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has apologised for not scoring a clear-cut chance against Benfica
- The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw but take a priceless away goal back to the Emirates
- The 31-year-old striker bagged a hat-trick in Arsenal's win over Leeds United in the past weekend
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang missed a couple of chances during Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Benfica but the Gabonese striker has tendered his apologies to fans, Mirror.
The North London club should have buried the game but hold an away goal advantage going into the second leg at the Emirates.
Hector Bellerin released a beautiful pass across to Aubameyang and all he needed to do was to apply a simple tap-in to put his side ahead in the 19th minute.
But the 31-year-old spurned the chance from close range which should have put Mikel Arteta's side ahead.
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Bukayo Saka also could find the back of the net after making a lovely move in the 18-yard box as his shot went just wide.
Benfica then scored through Pizzi from a penalty after a handball from Emile Smith Rowe before Saka levelled matters two minutes later with a simple finish from the six-yard box.
After the game Aubameyang posted on his Twitter handle:
"We deserved better and i should Score couple goals today but still one Game to Go we keep going. Well done @BukayoSaka87.”
Aubameyang rediscovered his scoring form as he netted a hat-trick against Leeds United in Sunday’s 4-2 win.
Arteta was pleased with what he saw from his striker despite failing to find the back off the net against the Portuguese side.
“He was at the end of the biggest chances that we had tonight.
“He was a real threat again that’s why we played him today against this opponent with the line that they proposed all the time."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Bukayo Saka scored a crucial away goal as Arsenal played out a 1-1 draw with Benfica in their round of 32 Europa League first-leg contest.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang missed a sitter from a well-taken cross from Hector Bellerin as the ball went wide in the 19th minute.
Darwin Nunez also brought out the best in Bernd Leno as both sides went into the break with a 0-0 scoreline at half-time.
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