Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claims Black Panther mask is in celebration of Gabon national team

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claims Black Panther mask is in celebration of Gabon national team

- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a brace as Arsenal defeated Rennes 3-0 to reach Europa League last-8

- The Gabonese star revealed that the Black Panther mask was in celebration of Gabon national team

- Arsenal alongside Chelsea will know their quarter-final foes during Friday’s draw ceremony in Nyon

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on fire last night as his brace in Arsenal's 3-0 victory over Rennes, helped Gunners reach the UEFA Europa League quarter finals.

Aubameyang's two goals and assist were crucial for the north London outfit after suffering a 3-1 defeat to the Ligue 1 side in the Round of 16 first leg.

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Having saved the day for the Gunners, Aubameyang saw it fit to masquerade in a hero's outfit and went ahead to put on a mask of popular Marvel superhero Black Panther.

Aubameyang explains meaning behind Black Panther Europa League celebration

Aubameyang of Arsenal dons a Black Panther mask as he celebrates after scoring his team's third goal with Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match.

According to Manchester Evening, the Gabonese forward wanted to wear something that represented him and saw the Wakanda character as a perfect image of himself.

"I needed a mask which represents me and that's the Black Panther. In Gabon we call the national team the Panthers," he said after the game.

The Panthers will be in action and need maximum points to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Burundi to climb above them to second place, below Group C leaders Mali.

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The Gunners forward will be on international duty to ensure his country qualify for the continental cup and will hope to replicate his fine club form for The Panthers.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Aubameyang netted the opening goal of the match just five minutes after hostilities commenced , with Ainsley Maitland-Niles increasing Arsenal lead in the 15th minute after scoring Arsenal second goal.

In the second half, Aubameyang completed his brace with a tap in, courtesy of a decent assist from Sead Kolasinac, to put the home-side three goals up and closer to the last eight round.

The Gunners performance ensured the six Premier League representatives in Europe, reached the quarter-final round of the Champions and Europa League, for the first time since 1971.

Arsenal alongside Chelsea will know their quarter-final foes during Friday’s draw ceremony in Nyon.

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