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PRIDE Aubameyang explains reason behind Black Panther celebration during win over Rennes
Fulera|March. 15, 2019
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has explained why he chose to sport a mask inspired from the Hollywood film Black Panther to celebrate his second goal during Arsenal’s Europa League triumph over Rennes.
The Gunners booked their place in the quarter-finals after overturning a 3-1 deficit from the first leg by winning 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium .
Arsenal raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to early goals from Aubameyang and Ainsley Maitland-Niles before the striker added the Gunners’ third in the 72nd minute to seal the victory.
Aubameyang’s celebration arguably took the shine off the goal though as he put on a mask from the 2018 film while his team-mates congratulated him .
And when asked about the reason behind the mask, the Gabon international said it represented him and tied in with the nickname of his national team, the Panthers.
He said: “I needed a mask which represents me and that’s the Black Panther. In Gabon we call the national team the Panthers.”
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Unai Emery’s men were the better team but were guilty of missing a few chances which gave their French opponents hope of taking the game into extra-time.
And Aubameyang admitted he could have been more clinical in the game, adding: “I missed two chances to close the game but the most important thing is that we won and everybody is happy and proud.
“Rennes were a bit nervous and angry as well but that’s football sometimes and it can happen like that.”
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