Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace fires Arsenal past Rennes

Aubrey Yates
March 15, 2019

Aubameyang kept Ramsey's pass in play, but the Gabonese striker looked to be stood in an offside position before picking out Maitland-Niles at the back post.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice and set up another to earn Arsenal a 3-0 second-leg win over Rennes on Thursday evening, seeing them through to the quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

After the win, Arsenal is through to the quarterfinals of the Europa League and now sits in fourth place in Premier League standings, just one point behind Tottenham (61) for third.

Rennes tactics on the other hand simply seemed to be a desire to get an Arsenal player sent off just like last week when Sokratis saw red for tangling with Ismalia Sarr.

Arsenal are through to the next round of the Europa League after mounting a mighty comeback against Rennes.

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The endeavour and speed showed at the start of the game couldn't have been further from the dross of a week ago, and while Alexandre Lacazette showed his worth after his proposed ban was lifted for this game, it was his handshake partner up front who ran the show.

Arsenal makes two changes from the side that beat Manchester United at the weekend as the Gunners host Rennes in the Europa League.

As Unai Emery's men trailed 2-0 after their first-leg defeat at the Roazhon Park, the London club rose to the occasion when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the fifth minute. As the Gunners exhausted in the second half, allowing Rennes a far greater foothold in the game, it only served to highlight the electricity of the forward in the opening stages.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan sent Sead Kolasinac clear into space on the left wing to deliver a low cross and Aubameyang was there to tuck home, celebrating the goal by wearing a Black Panther mask.

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