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Arsenal vs. Stade Rennes - Football Match Report

Arsenal vs. Stade Rennes - Football Match Report

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.

There has been the odd wobble since then, but Arsenal are in the Premier League's top four and through to the last eight in European competition following a battling victory over Rennes.

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.

After celebrating his second goal in Arsenal's 3-0 win in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night by putting on a special mask, African superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explained the reason for his new celebration.

With the Ligue 1 side leading 3-1 from the first leg, Aubameyang and Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored in the first 15 minutes of Thursday's return to draw Arsenal level on aggregate.

An all-English quarter-final against Chelsea is a possibility while Emery's former club Valencia remain an option - as do Napoli, Villarreal, Slavia Prague, Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt.

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But it seems the Champions League performance has convinced the London outfit and they will go ahead with the transfer.

"It's the Black Panther and in Africa, in Gabon, we call the national team the Black Panthers of Gabon..."

The second leg was a bad-tempered affair with four yellow cards shown to each side by referee Andris Treimanis. That's when Aubameyang scored his second goal of the game, ensuring that Arsenal would advance on a lovely passing play that beat Rennais' last defender back and the keeper for an easy tap-in to make it 3-0 Arsenal in the match and 4-3 on aggregate.

"That goal changed a lot of things".

"Then he made a challenge on (Ramy) Bensebaini which was also borderline, but the decision didn't go our way".