Arsenal boss Emery: Premier League domination part of cycle

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Substitute Alex Iwobi rifled wide from the edge of the penalty area as Arsenal tried to settle the tie before Aubameyang came up with what proved the decisive goal in the 72nd minute. They did exactly that, overturning the deficit against Stade Rennais by winning the 2nd leg 3-0 at the Emirates to advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice and also teed up Ainsley Maitland-Niles as Arsenal joined Chelsea in Friday's Europa League quarter-final draw after Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham led the way in the Champions League.

'I was really happy (when I heard I could play),' he said, having missed the defeat in Rennes. "The offside was very clear, you don't need VAR to see it".

However, it was not forthcoming and with VAR not in operation in the Europa League unlike the more lucrative Champions League, Maitland-Niles's downward header from Aubameyang's cross was allowed to stand.

The smoke had barely died down from the red flares the Rennes fans let off in the away end before the home side had pulled the aggregate score back to 2-3 with practically the whole game to play.

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Since then though he has positioned the team in fourth spot in the Premier League with eight games of the season to go. "And the last teams, they are all very important, and it's going to be very hard", Emery said.

Very hard week, United on Sunday and Rennes today. This comeback was very hard but I think our reaction is very good.

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. Playing under pressure and growing up under pressure, each player, as a team, they feel hard moments to give us our best performance.

It is something we are going to work on in the next round.

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