Arsenal 3-0 Rennes: Unai Emery's side complete their Europa League comeback

Aubameyang double helps Arsenal reach last eight

Aubameyang double helps Arsenal reach last eight

Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette all feature in a glittering attacking lineup as Arsenal look for some early goals to overturn the 3-1 deficit from the first leg.

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.

The north London outfit needed a 2-0 win at least to progress - and they went one step further at the Emirates in a 3-0 win.

The smoke had barely died down from the red flares the Rennes fans let off in the away end before the home side had pulled the aggregate score back to 2-3 with practically the whole game to play.

Goals: Aubameyang 5, 72, Maitland-Niles 15.

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.

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Aubameyang previously wore a Spiderman mask after scoring a goal for Borussia Dortmund in 2014 and used a Batman mask to celebrate another against Schalke in 2015.

What does it mean?

Emery, who led Sevilla to the Europa League title three years in a row, may have been nervy in the second half before Aubameyang settled the tie.

Aubameyang missed two big chances inside a minute to complete his first hat-trick in Arsenal colours, poking wide of the post with just Koubek to beat and then skewing wide of the same post once teed up by Ramsey in front of goal. And Emery, as the resident Europa League specialist (a mantle he'd probably rather pass on now he's left Sevilla), duly delivered.

- The Gunners have kept four consecutive clean sheets at home in European competition for the first time since April 2009 (six in total in that run).

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