Arsenal player ratings: Aubameyang back to his brilliant best, Maitland-Niles is the real deal and Monreal gives a defensive masterclass

ARSENAL booked their place in the Europa League quarter-finals after a convincing 3-0 win over Rennes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the name on everyone's lips as he inspired the Gunners' comeback with two goals and an assist, with Nacho Monreal making sure the Ligue 1 side had no whiff of a comeback.

Arsenal player ratings: Aubameyang back to his brilliant best, Maitland-Niles is the real deal and Monreal gives a defensive masterclassNews Group Newspapers Ltd4 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back to his brilliant best – and the reason why Arsenal can still hope to qualify for the Champions League

PETR CECH

His defenders left him with nothing to do in the first half.

But stayed vigilant and seemed to have his fingertips on the ball when Rennes hit the post in their first goalscoring opportunity of the game.

SHKODRAN MUSTAFI

Disciplined in the first half – only to hand Rennes their first, serious chance to score just seconds after the break.

Almost thwarted his team-mates effort.

LAURENT KOSCIELNY

Least visible among Arsenal's back three – but that is not necessarily a dig at the Frenchman.

Was there when Arsenal needed him. Especially in the second half, when Rennes cranked up the pressure.

NACHO MONREAL

Arsenal's very own Mr Duracell Bunny.

Run towards every ball that could have potentially morphed into a dangerous situation, effectively getting rid of it.

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