Arsenal 3-0 Rennes (agg: 4-3): Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inspires Europa League comeback


Arsenal scored with their first two shots no longer astray in the first half

Arsenal supervisor Unai Emery says he’s “enraged” by the probability of successful his first trophy with the membership following their 4-3 mixture victory over Rennes to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Emery has already obtained the opponents 3 times with extinct membership Sevilla.

Arsenal were knocked out in thesemi-finalsof the Europa League closing season below Arsene Wenger.

“We can feel the possible of successful this title,” acknowledged Emery.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inspired a Gunners comeback as they overturned a two-goal deficit from the first leg to reach the quarter-finals.

The striker build the Gunners ahead within four minutes, firing in Aaron Ramsey’s lower-assist, sooner than constructing Ainsley Maitland-Niles at Emirates Stadium.

He then poked in Sead Kolasinac’s low flawed after the destroy to thrill in it 3-0 as Arsenal joined Chelsea in the closing eight following their 8-0 mixturethrashing of Dynamo Kiev.

Both English clubs are favourites to command the opponents after five-time champions Sevilla’sshock exit in the closing 16and Italian giants Inter Milan failed to growth.

Emery sees success in the Europa League as an additional mark into the Champions League as Arsenal – who are for the time being fourth in the Premier League – battle to dwell above Manchester United and Chelsea in the desk.

“The closing eight groups are vital groups and it goes to be very complicated,” acknowledged Emery. “The Europa League is giving us a broad opportunity also to thrill in one manner to the Champions League.

“And also, it’s one title. I acknowledged to the gamers, I’m hooked in to this opponents. It be no longer appropriate because that you simply would possibly maybe maybe receive to the Champions League.”

The draw for the quarter-finals takes put on Friday at 12:00 GMT.

Aubameyang shines for Gunners

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 32 needs in fifty three games for Arsenal

No topic trailing 3-1 from the first leg and needing to attain on the least twice, Arsenal remained favourites to growth to the quarter-finals and they got off to a just appropriate open.

Alexandre Lacazette, who was eligible to play after aban was diminished,had a mountainous probability after appropriate three minutes when he latched onto Ramsey’s ball over the kill, simplest to be denied by Rennes keeper Tomas Koubek.

A minute later, Aubameyang did build Arsenal in front when Maitland-Niles lower at some level of the defender and laid it off to Ramsey, who build it on a plate for the Gabonese striker.

Aubameyang was engrossing, atmosphere pleasant and unsafe at some level of and it was his willingness to poke the ball down which led to the 2d goal.

There was some fortune as he seemed as if it would be offside when Ramsey’s threaded pass was stored in on the byeline nevertheless without a video assistant referee, Maitland-Niles carried out off the cross with a thumping header in the centre.

Aubameyang persisted to play with self belief – attempting an daring overhead kick in the first half, sooner than poking in Arsenal’s third goal after 72 minutes.

He infamous by striking on a Unlit Panther cloak which had been stored in the assist of the goal – essentially the most traditional in his trademarksuperhero celebrations,which earned him a booking.

Most efficient Manchester Metropolis’s Sergio Aguero (18) has scored more needs than Aubameyang (17) in the Premier League and the Arsenal ahead has now picked up four needs and two assists in seven Europa League games this season.

Sloppiness made for nervy ending

Arsenal are aiming to command the opponents for the first time below supervisor Unai Emery, who obtained it on 3 times with Sevilla.

There were glimpses of their most animated football nevertheless Arsenal were build below stress in the 2d half by the French aspect, who are eighth in Ligue 1.

Shkodran Mustafi was sloppy when he gave away possession on the moral which led to M’Baye Niang’s strike hitting the skin of the submit.

Kolasinac needed to thrill in a critical closing-ditch take care of on Ismaila Sarr in the sphere and Rennes came conclude again moments later when Ramy Bensebaini hit the submit, simplest to be flagged marginally offside.

When Aubameyang tapped in his 2d goal, it seemed Arsenal had carried out ample and he ought to unexcited delight in bagged a hat-trick – he was carried out in by Alex Iwobi nevertheless his chip dribbled inches large of the keeper’s left-hand submit.

Aubameyang scuffed an perfect greater probability from six yards out with eight minutes to cross, resulting in a nervy ending – an equaliser from Rennes would delight in taken the game to additional time.

Hatem Ben Arfa’s runs precipitated a few complications nevertheless the offside flag all over again came to Arsenal’s serve and the fleshy-time whistle was greeted with assist from Emery’s gamers.

Man of the match – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The striker had a hand in all three needs and can delight in taken the match ball house on another impressive evening

‘The cloak represents me’ – what they acknowledged

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang told BT Sport: “I disregarded two probabilities to conclude the game nevertheless the greatest thing is that we obtained and everybody is joyful and proud. Rennes were a small bit anxious and offended as smartly nevertheless that is football usually and it would possibly maybe well maybe happen love that.

“I wanted a cloak which represents me and that is the reason the Unlit Panther. In Gabon we name the national group of workers the Panthers.”

Arsenal supervisor Unai Emery: “It was an actual evening. 3-0 is acceptable for us. We had probabilities to attain the fourth goal and be more aloof. I’m very delighted with the supporters and gamers. We worked thoroughly this week. We would possibly maybe well maybe also additionally be joyful.

“We were very competitive over 90 minutes nevertheless can enact greater. We would possibly maybe well maybe also delight in had more alter of the ball. It be easy to reveal right here as an different of on the pitch.”

Prolific in assault – the final discover of the stats

  • Arsenal are simplest the 2d aspect in Europa League historical previous (2009-10 onwards) to growth after shedding 3-1 in the first leg of a knockout tie, after Fulham against Juventus in 2009-10 (3-1 defeat away, 4-1 at house).
  • Arsenal delight in stored four consecutive sexy sheets at house in European opponents for the first time since April 2009 (six in total in that journey).
  • Aubameyang has been straight away all for 15 needs in his previous 13 appearances at Emirates Stadium (11 needs, four assists).
  • He has scored 16 needs in all competitions at house for Arsenal this season; the closing Gunners participant to receive more in a single season was Robin van Persie in 2011-12 (22 needs).
  • Aubameyang has also scored on the least twice in games on six times in all competitions this season; more than any various Premier League participant in 2018-19.
  • Maitland-Niles was the 12th Arsenal participant to attain in the Europa League this season, essentially the most of any aspect in the opponents (with the exception of hang needs).

What’s next?

Arsenal host Newcastle in the Premier League on Monday, 1 April (20:00 BST) following the worldwide destroy. Alternatively, they’ve organised a nice against Al-Nasr Dubai SC on 26 March as half of a training camp in Dubai.

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