Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double helps Arsenal reach last eight

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double helps Arsenal reach last eight

After finding the back of the net in the 72nd minute and putting Arsenal up 3-0 against Rennes, Aubameyang broke out a "Wakanda Forever" salute while donning a Black Panther mask.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal some early hope with a goal after just four minutes, when Aaron Ramsey was found by Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who in turn found the Gabon worldwide with a cute low cross, who did the rest from a few yards out.

Aubameyang had plenty of reason to celebrate.

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.

All six Premier League teams have progressed to the quarter-final stage of the Champions and Europa League, the first time that has happened since 1971.

For their part, Rennes grew into the match a little more following a sluggish start and tested Petr Cech before half time through a long-range strike from Hatem Ben Arfa.

He immediately went behind the goal where he picked up a bag containing a mask of the popular Marvel character Black Panther.

And that is largely down to the brilliance of Aubameyang - who scored a brace and made an assist to help his side through to the next round.

He should have eased Arsenal nerves by completing his hat-trick with two gilt-edged chances in the final eight minutes.

Rennes, needing only an away goal to take the advantage, looked committed to making a fight of it in the second half and twice hit the post in the first 20 minutes after the break.

- Arsenal ended Rennes' five-game unbeaten run in the Europa League (W4 D1) courtesy of the French side's biggest-ever margin of defeat in the competition.

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