Cech dreaming of ending career with Europa League glory

Heather Diaz
March 15, 2019

The striker claimed a brace and created another goal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles as Arsenal beat Rennes 3-0 to progress 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

Arsenal welcome Rennes in the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie.

Heading into the game trailing 3-1 from last week's reverse fixture in France, the Gunners were soon back on level terms thanks to two goals in the opening 15 minutes at the Emirates Stadium.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles doubled the lead when the former Borussia Dortmund ace floated in a ideal ball for the Arsenal academy graduate.

Aubameyang had plenty of reason to celebrate.

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Bayern and Dortmund are now joint top of the Bundesliga table, with 57 points amassed from their allotted 25 games. And despite the prospect of two titles, Bayern's thoughts are already turning to next season.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper may have lost his Premier League place to Bernd Leno but Cech has started six Europa League matches in Arsenal's run to the last eight.

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. Sead Kolasinac was aware of that danger, emphatically blocking the unsafe Sarr well, prompting one of the loudest cheers of the evening.

Rennes gave Arsenal a real scare shortly after the half-time restart as Ismaila Sarr picked out the post with his shot, which took a touch on its way through, after Shkodran Mustafi was caught on the ball. "The next match is the most important for us", Emery said. "There's a long way to go but with performances like that, we can compete".

Emery's substitutions late in the game - Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - changed the game late on, with the latter playing a key role in the third goal.

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