Aubameyang rescues Arsenal

March 15, 2019

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (right) celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Europa League round-of-16, second-leg match between Arsenal and Rennes at the Emirates stadium in London, yesterday.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (right) celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Europa League round-of-16, second-leg match between Arsenal and Rennes at the Emirates stadium in London, yesterday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two goals and set up another to help Arsenal overturned a two-goal deficit to reach the Europa League quarter-finals with a 3-0 home win over Rennes yesterday.

Aubameyang celebrated his second goal by pulling on a Black Panther mask he had placed behind the advertising boards, after coming to the rescue for an Arsenal side that lost the first leg 3-1 in France last week.

The Gunners erased that deficit in just 15 minutes, with Aubameyang scoring early and then setting up Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the second, before adding his second in the 72nd.

Aubameyang opened the scoring five minutes into the game after tapping in a cross from Aaron Ramsey. Just 10 minutes later, Aubameyang contributed again, this time crossing for Maitland-Niles to head in the second. However, replays showed that the striker was offside before delivering the cross.

Aubameyang sealed the win with another easy tap-in when he met Henrikh Mkhitaryan's cross, and immediately ran to grab his Black Panther mask before pulling it over his head. It was the latest superhero of choice for the Gabon international, who has previously pulled on Batman and Spider-Man masks after scoring while playing for Borussia Dortmund.

"In Gabon, we call the national team the Panthers of Gabon, so it represents me," Aubameyang said.

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