Arsenal to face Napoli in Europa League last eight

Arsenal to face Napoli in Europa League last eight

Arsenal made the flawless start after Maitland-Niles played the ball into Aaron Ramsey who squared for Aubameyang to slot home from close range to put the Gunners 1-0 ahead after only three minutes.

But they put in a commanding performance as they won 3-0.

That meant that Arsenal were ahead on the away goals rule, but the Gabon worldwide ensured that they would not need to rely on that method of victory when he found the back of the net for a second time late on, to put the Londoners through 4-3 on aggregate.

However, Rennes will consider themselves hard done by in defeat. Following Maitland-Niles' goal, Arsenal were shaky at times, mostly due to the erratic defending of Shkodran Mustafi, as usual. Upon further inspection, Aubameyang was offside in the lead-up to the goal, and Rennes will feel hard-done by the lack of VAR and the incompetence of the officiating.

Petr Cech, in what could have been the Czech great's last game before retiring at the end of the season had Arsenal not progressed, turned M'Baye Niang's shot from outside the area onto the post.

'It was hard for us because we had to play with 10 men for about 50 minutes of that first game as well.

Kalidou Koulibaly salutes the Napoli fans
Kalidou Koulibaly salutes the Napoli fans

"It was very clearly an injustice, it was a manifest error", Stéphan said. "So, for me, it will be very hard to play against them in Naples".

It's also because it's one title and I think we can feel the possibility to win one title, doing this way with a hard moment like today and playing also against big teams.

And he says not many people would have thought that at the beginning of the campaign.

"Today, Inter (Milan) are out, Sevilla are out - a big surprise".

The Gunners went into the second leg trailing 3-1 from a poor night at the office in France last week, but they had soon turned things on its head and eventually ran out comfortable winners, to secure their spot in Friday's draw.

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