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Arsenal news: Aubameyang explains reason behind Black Panther mask celebration vs Rennes

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

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.

The north London outfit needed a 2-0 win at least to progress – and they went one step further at the Emirates in a 3-0 win.

And that is largely down to the brilliance of Aubameyang – who scored a brace and made an assist to help his side through to the next round.

He opened the scoring after a cutback from Aaron Ramsey in the opening five minutes to get Arsenal off to a perfect start.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles doubled the lead when the former Borussia Dortmund ace floated in a perfect ball for the Arsenal academy graduate.

And the 29-year-old was on hand again to score a crucial third, meaning an away goal was not enough on its own to knock the Gunners out for Rennes.

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

It comes not long after the much-awaited trailer for the latest film of the Avengers series was released.

And the former Borussia Dortmund striker has explained why he celebrated with the mask.

“I needed a mask which represents me and that’s the Black Panther. In Gabon we call the national team the Panthers,” he said after the game.

Rennes picked up four bookings as they failed to answer Arsenal’s attacking play, and Aubameyang revealed that their opponents were nervous.

He added: “Rennes were a bit nervous and angry as well but that’s football sometimes and it can happen like that.

“I missed two chances to close the game but the most important thing is that we won and everybody is happy and proud.”

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