Auba brace sends Arsenal through in EL

Mark Mann-Bryans
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) wore a Black Panther mask to celebrate his goal vs Rennes

Arsenal has successfully overturned a 3-1 first-leg deficit to beat Rennes 3-0 in their Europa League clash and progress to the quarter-finals.

Having lost in France last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a brace and Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored his second Arsenal goal to secure the win.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United had earlier progressed to the last eight of the Champions League and Chelsea cantered into the Europa League quarters, before Unai Emery's side completed the sextet and ensured the Gunners would also be involved in Friday's draws.

They were boosted by the availability of Alexandre Lacazette, who had his three-match ban for a red card against BATE Borisov reduced to two on appeal.

The opening goal came early, with Maitland-Niles finding Aaron Ramsey in the box, whose pass was tucked away by Aubameyang.

Arsenal had their two-goal advantage with just 15 minutes on the clock, with Aubameyang breaking through and crossing for Maitland-Niles at the far post.

The Gunners had their go-ahead goal with just under 20 minutes remaining. Henrikh Mkhitaryan burst forward before releasing Sead Kolasinac, whose cross was finished off by Aubameyang - who celebrated by donning a Black Panther superhero mask.

Rennes laid siege to the Arsenal box in the closing stages without ever really troubling Petr Cech as Arsenal survived to claim a 4-3 aggregate win.

"If we had conceded at any moment we could have been heading out or going to extra time," goalkeeper Cech said.

"We gave ourselves a difficult position but managed to get out of it, and that's testament to the team. We stayed focused throughout every second."