Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claims the Black Panther celebration was a symbol of his identity and a nod to his national team.
The Gabonese skipper bagged a brace in the Gunners 3-0 triumph to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Rennes from the first leg.
Aubameyang didn’t only treat the fans to a double delight but equally unveiled a new masked celebration reminiscent of his days in Dortmund.
After tapping-in from close-range, Aubameyang retrieved his stowed Black Panther mask from behind the goal and broke out the Wakanda salute.
"I needed a mask which represents me. It’s the Black Panther and in Africa, in Gabon, we call the national team the Black Panthers of Gabon… It represents me."
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“I needed a mask which could represent me. It’s a Black Panther.
“In Gabon, the national team are the Panthers. It represents me, Aubameyang said after the game.”
Black Panther was a major blockbuster with a predominately black cast that grossed over $1billion in earnings worldwide back in 2018.
Auba in an interview with Arsenal legend Ian Wright, once promised he would repeat his Spiderman celebration but didn’t disclose the particular hero.
Even though it was a delight to watch, the striker was penalised with a yellow card for his celebration.
“Rennes were a bit nervous and angry as well but that’s football sometimes and it can happen like that,” he said via the Metro.
“I missed two chances to close the game but the most important thing is that we won and everybody is happy and proud.”
And then there were eight!
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The Gunners head into the quarter-finals and could face the likes of Chelsea, Napoli or Sevilla in the next round.
Arsenal fans will be hoping the Aubameyang fire them to a Europa League success having scored 22 goals already this season.