Friday, 22 March, 2019

Unai Emery "excited" by prospect of winning Europa League with Arsenal

Arsenal's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang right celebrates with a Black Panther mask after scoring his side's third goal APArsenal's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang right celebrates with a Black Panther mask after scoring his side's third goal
Cassandra Castillo | 15 March, 2019, 07:14

Arsenal will discover their quarter-final opponent at tomorrow's draw in Nyon, with Chelsea, Napoli and Eintracht Frankfurt the teams Emery will be hoping to avoid.

"The Champions League is very important but the Europa League grew up a lot and now is giving every team the possibility to play in the Champions League", he said.

"The 3-1 loss away put us in a very hard situation, but we knew how to deal with that and we got what we deserved".

Aubameyang previously wore a Spiderman mask after scoring a goal for Borussia Dortmund in 2014 and used a Batman mask to celebrate another against Schalke in 2015.

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Rennes made it a disjointed game after the break as they looked to battle their way back into the match but it was Arsenal who got the third goal when Sead Kolasinac found Aubameyang with a superb cross and the striker tapped home for 3-0 in the 72nd minute.

"I needed the mask to represent me", Aubameyang said to BT Sport after his sixth brace of the season in all competitions. It's Black Panther and in Gabon we call the national team the Panther of Gabon, so it represents me, so yeah, that's it'.

Unai Emery will have Alexandre Lacazette available, after UEFA reduced his three-match ban.

Aubameyang missed two big chances inside a minute to complete his first hat-trick in Arsenal colours, poking wide of the post with just Koubek to beat and then skewing wide of the same post once teed up by Ramsey in front of goal. "It's a learning curve for a club of our level, we don't have the power of Arsenal".

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