Arsenal vs. Stade Rennes - Football Match Report

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 15, 2019

Trailing 3-1 after the first leg Aubameyang got Arsenal off to the flawless start in the first five minutes, turning home Aaron Ramsey's cross.

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.

He set up Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the second ten minutes later to put the Gunners ahead on away goals.

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.

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.

For their part, Rennes grew into the match a little more following a sluggish start and tested Petr Cech before half time through a long-range strike from Hatem Ben Arfa.

Aubameyang also crossed his arms to celebrate the goal in the 76th minute, performing the "Wakanda Forever" gesture that is used as a greeting in the film.

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Rennes gave Arsenal a real scare shortly after the half-time restart as Ismaila Sarr picked out the post with his shot, which took a touch on its way through, after Shkodran Mustafi was caught on the ball.

He immediately went behind the goal where he picked up a bag containing a mask of the popular Marvel character Black Panther.

After 15 minutes of the second leg, it seemed as though Arsenal were going to cruise into the quarter-finals. Well, that was until Aubameyang struck in the second half to complete his brace and extended their lead. He should have had a hat-trick, too, missing two late chances to secure the match ball.

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

- Arsenal have overhauled a two-goal deficit from the first leg of a European tie for the first time since the Fairs Cup final against Anderlecht in 1970.

- He has scored 16 goals in all competitions at home for Arsenal this season; the last Gunners player to get more in a single season was Robin van Persie in 2011-12 (22 goals). The late goal was the forward's second of the night, and it all but sealed Arsenal's place in the Europa League quarterfinals.

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