Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double helps Arsenal reach last eight

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He set up Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the second ten minutes later to put the Gunners ahead on away goals.

Chelsea cruised into the last eight with an 8-0 aggregate win over Dynamo Kiev, after which Sarri expressed his preference to avoid Napoli in Friday's draw.

"If you can see the quality of the football every weekend and midweek [in the Premier League], it is getting more and more competitive", said Cech, who is set to retire at the end of the season.

"We can be proud of our players today because it was a very hard week - (Manchester) United on Sunday and today against Rennes".

"These two matches have been very hard", Emery added.

"But I think we can feel this competition like in the Premier League, to do a good way and create, with our supporters, a big atmosphere and a big feeling together to do this way in the Premier League and also here in the Europa League".

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Europa League remains an excellent route for Arsenal to get back into the Champions League, and with there being no clear-cut favourite at the moment, Unai Emery will be hoping that his past successes give his side the upper-hand as the tournament moves forward.

Meanwhile, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

"I think today we played very consistently over 90 minutes, being competitive without the ball and very serious defensively".

"We can be proud today".

Having sat out those two matches already, the France striker was free to play and after helping to get the result he echoed the sentiments of Kolasinac when it came to making more of an impact in the first leg.

However, Rennes will consider themselves hard done by in defeat.

Rennes were again unhappy with the Latvian officiating team when Lacazette escaped a second yellow card before the French global was replaced by Alex Iwobi.

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