Arsenal ready to embrace pressure of either Champions League path

Valencia's Geoffrey Kondogbia left and Krasnodar's Mauricio Pereyra compete for the ball in Russia

VITALIY TIMKIV APValencia's Geoffrey Kondogbia left and Krasnodar's Mauricio Pereyra compete for the ball in Russia

Unai Emery has retained nine of the eleven players that featured during Arsenal's Premier League win over Manchester United. Two teams are going out and the Europa League is giving us a big opportunity also to take one way to go to the Champions League.

It's hardly surprising that Emery has maintained the shape that was fruitful against Manchester United as Arsenal require goals tonight against Rennes.

The ill-tempered feel to the match continued throughout a nervy second half as a number of strong challenges went unpunished.

Aubameyang celebrated his second goal, the third on the night, by donning a mask of Marvel superhero Black Panther.

"I needed the mask to represent me", Aubameyang said to BT Sport after his sixth brace of the season in all competitions.

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Just ask Manchester City , which was swept aside 3-0 in the first leg previous year to virtually end its Champions League ambitions.

That's when Aubameyang scored his second goal of the game, ensuring that Arsenal would advance on a lovely passing play that beat Rennais' last defender back and the keeper for an easy tap-in to make it 3-0 Arsenal in the match and 4-3 on aggregate.

"Black Panther.in Africa and Gabon we are called the Black Panthers so it represents me - that's it".

In the past the striker has worn Batman and Spiderman masks to toast goals - but he explained why this time was a special moment.

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

"There were quite a few things that went against us over the past couple of days".

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