Arsene Wenger singled him out for special praise after the game:
"It was a great goal. At first it looked as though he was trying to find a team-mate but he had no option other than taking aim with his right foot!
"He has improved every year that he has been at the club and is a very important player for us now."
Wenger was also keen to point out that the tie is far from over, saying:
"I think we've seen too much in football to think that it's over yet. Our mental approach will be very important as we must go into the second leg looking to win it. Of course we want to defend better in the second leg but I thought the pitch was very difficult for us."