Arsenal 3-0 Rennes: Unai Emery's side complete their Europa League comeback

Aubameyang wears a mask as he celebrates with Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac

Aubameyang wears a mask as he celebrates with Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac

Gabon worldwide Aubameyang opened the scoring in the fifth minute then settled nerves at Emirates Stadium with the Gunners' third goal in the second half.

The north London side will be hoping to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit against Rennes in the return fixture at The Emirates in their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday night.

Aubameyang is Arsenal's top scorer this season with 22 and they are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Unai Emery's side will find out their next opponents when the draw is made on Friday and Cech is hopeful the Europa League title can prove a fitting final chapter for his career.

Arsenal have missed out on Champions League football for the last two seasons, and their poor away record remains a big concerns.

While success in the Europa League is seen by many as, first and foremost, a route back into the premier European club competition, Emery - who won the trophy three years in a row at Sevilla - knows it offers much more than that. I said to the players today, I am excited about this competition.

"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".

"We are going to think the same before every match".

Trailing 3-1 after the first leg Aubameyang got Arsenal off to the ideal start in the first five minutes, turning home Aaron Ramsey's cross.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan sent Sead Kolasinac clear into space on the left wing to deliver a low cross and Aubameyang was there to tuck home, celebrating the goal by wearing a Black Panther mask.

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

Rennes, needing only an away goal to take the advantage, looked committed to making a fight of it in the second half and twice hit the post in the first 20 minutes after the break.