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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang mask celebration reasons revealed after Rennes win

Daily Record logoDaily Record 14/03/2019 Rich Jones

a man wearing a helmet: Mandatory Credit: Photo by NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/REX (10155939am)
 Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wears a mask as he celebrates scoring the 3-0 goal during  the UEFA Europa League soccer match between Arsenal and Stade Rennes at the Emirates Stadium in London, Britain, 14 March 2019.
 Arsenal v Stade Rennes, London, United Kingdom - 14 Mar 2019 © NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/REX Mandatory Credit: Photo by NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/REX (10155939am) Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wears a mask as he celebrates scoring the 3-0 goal during the UEFA Europa League soccer match between Arsenal and Stade Rennes at the Emirates Stadium in London, Britain, 14 March 2019. Arsenal v Stade Rennes, London, United Kingdom - 14 Mar 2019 Pierre-Merick Aubameyang grabbed a double as Arsenal beat Rennes 3-0 to reach the last eight of the Europa League. 

But it was his goal celebration that grabbed the headlines as he was booked for wearing a mask.

The Arsenal star pulled out of a Black Panter mask and placed it on his head to celebrate his goal.

He pulled out the item from a bag placed behind the advertising hoardings next to the goal but was duly booked for his antics by the referee, reports the Mirror.

a group of baseball players playing a football game © NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/REX Aubameyang, who donned a Batman mask as a goal celebration during his time with Borussia Dortmund, revealed earlier in the week he had planned the celebration against Manchester United on Sunday but was unable to locate the item. 

In his post-match interview, he revealed exactly why opted for the Black Panther mask to represent himself and his country.

Gallery: How Arsenal players fared against Rennes (ReadSoprt)

"I needed a mask that would represent me," Aubameyang revealed.

"It is a Black Panther and in Africa in Gabon we call the national team the Panther of Gabon.

"It represents me."

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Aubameyang scored twice in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Rennes at the Emirates © AFP/Getty Images Aubameyang scored twice in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Rennes at the Emirates The striker has enjoyed a fine week as he responded perfectly to a couple of disappointing games.

Aubameyang missed a late penalty in the North London derby before a miserable evening in Rennes in the first leg.

He made amends with a vital spot-kick in their huge Premier League win over Manchester United at the weekend.

And his timely double against Rennes to keep their Europa League dreams alive shows he has quickly bounced back to top form.


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