‘It represents me!’ - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains goal celebration

‘It represents me!’ - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains goal celebration

The Gunners were the favourites to progress to the last eight of the competition after the draw was made but everything went wrong for them in the first leg in France.

Rennes tactics on the other hand simply seemed to be a desire to get an Arsenal player sent off just like last week when Sokratis saw red for tangling with Ismalia Sarr.

They eventually lost 3-1, meaning Arsenal had an uphill task on their hands during Thursday's second leg at the Emirates stadium.

Arsenal's 2-0 home Premier League win over Manchester United on Sunday kept alive their hopes of a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League next season.

Rennes gave Arsenal a real scare shortly after the half-time restart as Ismaila Sarr picked out the post with his shot, which took a touch on its way through, after Shkodran Mustafi was caught on the ball.

That's because Maitland-Niles' goal should not have stood. "The offside was very clear, you don't need VAR to see it".

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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.

"We can be proud of our supporters and players today because it has been a very hard week", he said, per Sky Sports.

"We can be proud of our players today because it was a very hard week - (Manchester) United on Sunday and today against Rennes".

"Today, Inter (Milan) are out, Sevilla are out - a big surprise".

"This comeback was very hard, but I think the reaction was very good from every player", Emery told reporters.

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.

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