Arsenal 3-0 Rennes: Unai Emery's side complete their Europa League comeback

Arsenal 3-0 Rennes: Unai Emery's side complete their Europa League comeback

The French side beat the Gunners 3-1 in the first leg after Sokratis Papastathopoulos' red card saw the momentum switch to the home side.

Arsenal made a superb start as we broke the deadlock inside the opening five minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on hand to tap home from close range after an Aaron Ramsey cross.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's goals - the second of which he celebrated by dressing up as the Black Panther - either side of Ainsley Maitland-Niles' header were enough to obliterate the first-leg horror-show.

Arsenal made the flawless start after Maitland-Niles played the ball into Aaron Ramsey who squared for Aubameyang to slot home from close range to put the Gunners 1-0 ahead after only three minutes.

Yet within two minutes of the restart, Petr Cech was at full stretch to touch Ismaila Sarr's low 20-yard drive against the post after Shkodran Mustafi carelessly lost the ball.

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Maitland-Niles was being given plenty of room down the right-hand side and he made the most of that 10 minutes later when heading Aubameyang's cross past Tomas Koubek.

After scoring Aubameyang donned a Black Panther mask to celebrate, and he explained why afterwards. But, having got back on level terms quickly, the Gunners took their foot off the pedal and allowed Rennes to establish a foothold in the match. Well, that was until Aubameyang struck in the second half to complete his brace and extended their lead.

He was right as Maitland-Niles doubled the score with his first goal at the Emirates to make it 3-3 on aggregate after he emphatically headed home following a cross from Aubameyang - who grabbed an assist to go with his early goal with barely 15 minutes elapsed.

It's hardly surprising that Emery has maintained the shape that was fruitful against Manchester United as Arsenal require goals tonight against Rennes. 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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