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Arsenal's 2-goal Aubameyang explains mask mystery

15 March 2019

As expected, the visitors mounted more of an attacking effort in the second half, as they sought out a game-changing goal, but their decision making in the final third was sloppy and the Gabonese forward snuck a tap-in in the 71st minute to all but seal their progression to the last eight.

Arsenal's two goal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang produced his spider mask during their Europa League triumph over Rennes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to help Arsenal beat Rennes 3-0 and book their place in the quarter finals of the Europa League with a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Unai Emery's side gave themselves quite a mountain to climb after losing the first-leg 3-1 in France, but they delivered on their own patch.

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.

The smoke had barely died down from the red flares the Rennes fans let off in the away end before the home side had pulled the aggregate score back to 2-3 with practically the whole game to play.

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Aubameyang had plenty of reason to celebrate.

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.

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

The striker was famous for his masked celebrations at Borussia Dortmund, wearing Spider-Man and Batman masks after scoring, but Thursday was the first time he performed one in an Arsenal shirt.

- The Gunners have kept four consecutive clean sheets at home in European competition for the first time since April 2009 (six in total in that run).

Arsenal's 2-goal Aubameyang explains mask mystery