Black Panther Aubameyang sends Arsenal to last 8 in Europa

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/03/2019

Black Panther Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to send Arsenal into the quarter-finals of the Europa League after a 3-0 home win over Rennes to secure a 4-3 aggregate victory against Ligue 1 side on Thursday night at Emirate Stadium.

Gunners needed a fast start and they got one, opening the scoring in the fifth minute when Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Aaron Ramsey combined down the right channel to tee up Gaban international for a simple close-range finish five minutes into the encounter.

The Hale Academy graduate extend Arsenal lead ten minutes later after 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.

A buoyed Rennes then hit the post after the restart, Niang beating former Rennes goalkeeper Cech but not the woodwork after Shkodran Mustafi gave the ball away near his own box.

Substitute Alex Iwobi rifled wide from the edge of the penalty area as Arsenal tried to settle the tie before Aubameyang came up with what proved the decisive goal in the 72nd minute.

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 to seal the victory and send the North London outfit to the last eight of the tournamnet.

Arsenal do not return to action until April 1 with a Premier League game at home to Newcastle United. Rennes, however, are away to Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Sunday.