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Arsenal's 2-goal Aubameyang explains mask mystery

Arsenal's 2-goal Aubameyang explains mask mystery

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace to send Arsenal into the quarter-finals of the Europa League, their 3-0 home win securing a 4-3 aggregate victory against Rennes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled a Black Panther mask out of a bag behind the goal to celebrate his second strike against Rennes.

Unai Emery's men join fellow Premier League side Chelsea in the draw for the last eight, which takes place on Friday.

The French side beat the Gunners 3-1 in the first leg after Sokratis Papastathopoulos' red card saw the momentum switch to the home side.

He opened the scoring after a cutback from Aaron Ramsey in the opening five minutes to get Arsenal off to a flawless start.

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.

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Sead Kolasinac and Maitland-Niles will play as wing-backs.

A weak Ramsey attempt aside, which was aimed right at Koubek with the midfielder slightly off balance, Arsenal struggled to create any further clear-cut openings in a stop-start first half that contained a number of careless challenges.

Yet within two minutes of the restart, Petr Cech was at full stretch to touch Ismaila Sarr's low 20-yard drive against the post after Shkodran Mustafi carelessly lost the ball.

The ill-tempered feel to the match continued throughout a nervy second half as a number of strong challenges went unpunished. Sead Kolasinac was aware of that danger, emphatically blocking the unsafe Sarr well, prompting one of the loudest cheers of the evening.

Emery's substitutions late in the game - Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - changed the game late on, with the latter playing a key role in the third goal.


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