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Arsenal and Chelsea may have a different route to qualification to feature in the premier European competition next year, thanks to their 18/19 success in the Europa.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be key to Arsenal's Europa League hopes.

Aubameyang opened and closed the scoring for the hosts, either side of setting up Ainsley Maitland-Niles for his side's second goal, which should not have stood due to an offside infringement.

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

Aubameyang is Arsenal's top scorer this season with 22 and they are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. 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. "And the last teams, they are all very important, and it's going to be very hard", Emery said.

"There was no need for the VAR to see the offside".

"Nothing was in the way of the assistant referee, who took much less time to raise his flag in the second half (when Rennes were attacking)".

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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.

Rennes were again unhappy with the Latvian officiating team when Alexandre Lacazette escaped a second yellow card before the French global was replaced by Alex Iwobi.

Towering centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is their natural leader at the back and it was no coincidence that, while he was serving a one-match ban for accumulating one too many cautions, they lost 3-1 to a Salzburg side they had beaten 3-0 at the Stadio San Paolo with him in the line-up.

Aubameyang needed it back to hide his embarrassment soon after as he missed two glorious chances in the space of 60 seconds to seal his hat-trick.

The club's Twitter handle titled a photo of mask-wearing Aubameyang and team mate Sead Kolasinac "WAKANDA FOREVER" - in reference to the refrain used by people in Wakanda, the imaginary country where the marvel film Black Panther was staged.

"It's a Black Panther and in Africa, in Gabon we call the national team the panthers of Gabon".

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal gives his jacket to a staff member ahead of the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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