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‘We are all so proud of Aubameyang!’

There was no hiding the smile on Nacho Monreal’s face after we reached the final of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Our left back stopped to chat to Arsenal.com in the mixed zone after the match - and he was especially complimentary of hat-trick hero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang:

on a special night…
That’s the truth. In the last games, we didn’t play well. We haven’t finished the Premier League season as well as we would have wanted. But tonight I think every single player that started the game and every player that came off the bench showed [what we can do]. Today was an amazing game. In the first 10 minutes we suffered a lot and they pushed. But after that, we took control and scored a lot of goals, so everyone is really happy.

on playing in a hostile atmosphere…
Yeah, I’ve played here so many times and I know the fans - they are one of the best sets of fans in Spain. They push a lot and made it hard for us in the beginning. But after 10 or 15 minutes when the game calmed down, we started to play our game, and I think we were the better team from then on.

on Aubameyang’s hat-trick…
We needed him and we needed Laca. We are so proud of him because he’s scored three goals in a semi-final. He’s helped us a lot but it’s not only him, it’s every player. He scored a hat-trick, so we are all really happy for him.

on the final giving us a chance to get back into the Champions League…
Yeah, yeah. Our target is to play in the Champions League next season. Unfortunately we couldn’t finish in the Premier League top four, but now we have a good chance. I can’t remember the last time we played in a European final - 2006 against Barcelona? Now we have a good opportunity to finish the season with a trophy and play in the Champions League next season.

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Champions League & Europa League: English clubs make history by taking four final places

Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal will represent England in European finals this season

English clubs have created European football history by taking all four final spots in the continent's two major competitions.

Arsenal won in Valencia and Chelsea beat Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday to reach the Europa League final.

That followed dramatic wins for Liverpool over Barcelona and Tottenham against Ajax in the Champions League.

It is the first time all four finalists in Europe's top two competitions have come from one nation.

There have only been two all-English finals before, with Tottenham beating Wolves in the 1971-72 Uefa Cup and Manchester United beating Chelsea in the 2007-08 Champions League.

Spain had three teams in the finals of the two competitions in 2015-16, with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid contesting the Champions League trophy and Unai Emery's Sevilla winning the Europa League.

"In England the level is very high and the Premier League is the best championship in Europe," said Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.

Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in Baku, Azerbaijan - 2,468 miles from London - on 29 May, with a Champions League spot at stake for the Gunners, who could become the fifth English side to qualify for next season's competition. Chelsea are already assured of their place after cementing a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Baku's Olympic Stadium has a capacity of 68,700 but Uefa has allocated only 6,000 tickets to each club, a decision Arsenal described as "disappointing", adding that it presents them with "extreme difficulties"