Aubameyang: Black Panther mask was for Gabon

Silvia Morton
March 15, 2019

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck either side of an Ainsley Maitland-Niles goal as the North London side joined local rivals Chelsea in the quarterfinals of Europe's second-tier club competition.

Unai Emery's side will find out their next opponents when the draw is made on Friday and Cech is hopeful the Europa League title can prove a fitting final chapter for his career.

And, according to Goal France, the Gunners made a move after seeing Sarr run their defence ragged in the first leg of the last-16 tie.

Aubameyang opened the scoring five minutes in when poking home an Aaron Ramsey cross, coming after some good link-up play between the Welshman and Maitland-Niles down the right.

Aubameyang had plenty of reason to celebrate.

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And the Gunners were soon on level terms in the tie, Maitland-Niles arriving at the back post to steer home a downward header from Aubameyang's cross, Rennes having paused for an offside flag that did not come.

"The next match is the most important for us", Emery said.

Rennes gave Arsenal a real scare shortly after the half-time restart as Ismaila Sarr picked out the post with his shot, which took a touch on its way through, after Shkodran Mustafi was caught on the ball. Sead Kolasinac was aware of that danger, emphatically blocking the risky Sarr well, prompting one of the loudest cheers of the evening. "The second goal changed things enormously, even if they were better than us and deserved to qualify".

Aubameyang, who was cautioned for his celebration after the goal, missed two golden opportunities to extend the league in the closing minutes, chipping wide on one effort and scuffing a shot from close range after being left all alone in front of the net.

It did not matter in the end, though, as Rennes failed to find a way through at the other end.

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