Ainsley Maitland-Niles celebrates with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal became the sixth Premier League team to reach a European quarter-final this season as they beat Rennes 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium to seal a 4-3 aggregate win in the Europa League. Is there any reason why they can’t now go on and win it?
It is only a week since Arsenal slumped to one of their most disappointing defeats of their season. That shambolic display at Rennes’ Roazhon Park stadium prompted a fresh wave of criticism, but it already feels like a distant memory. In the space of a few days, Arsenal have climbed into the Premier League top four at Manchester United’s expense and become only the second side in Europa League history to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit.
- Auba double sends Arsenal to quarters
They achieved the latest feat in some style, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring his sixth double of the season either side of an Ainsley Maitland-Niles header to bring Arsenal back from the brink and keep their Europa League dream alive. Suddenly, the mood around the club is one of genuine optimism.