Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace fires Arsenal past Rennes

Rex Christensen
March 15, 2019

Arsenal players line-up prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Arsenal and Stade Rennais at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2019 in London, England.

Aubameyang opened and closed the scoring for the hosts, either side of setting up Ainsley Maitland-Niles for his side's second goal, which should not have stood due to an offside infringement.

The Gunners got their second goal to put them ahead 10 minutes later, and by the second half it looked like Arsenal was going to pull off an impressive comeback after a shocking first leg saw them down 3-1.

Aiming to become just the second team in Europa League history to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit, after Fulham against Juventus in 2010, Arsenal took no time at all to level up the tie on aggregate.

That's because Maitland-Niles' goal should not have stood.

"Playing under pressure is good".

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Rennes defender Damien de Silva admits the players were floored after last night's defeat at Arsenal.

Unai Emery will not care though and he said after the game that he is "proud" of his players.

"For us, today and Sunday, we are aware of playing competitively and I think it is good confidence for us to feel that". Sead Kolasinac was aware of that danger, emphatically blocking the risky Sarr well, prompting one of the loudest cheers of the evening.

After finding the back of the net in the 72nd minute and putting Arsenal up 3-0 against Rennes, Aubameyang broke out a "Wakanda Forever" salute while donning a Black Panther mask.

It did not matter in the end, though, as Rennes failed to find a way through at the other end.

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