The Gunners disposed of Stade Rennes on Thursday night helping themselves into a place in the next round of Europa League knockouts.
Arsenal had some catching up to do after a disastrously poor performance in Rennes which left them two goals behind on aggregate.
But it did not take long for the Premier League club to assert their dominance over the helpless travelling side.
In-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ ball onto Aaron Ramsey who turned on the burners to make an uncharacteristic run down the line. The Welshman found it all to put a well-placed cross into the box, meeting the cool feet of the man who instigated the move – Aubameyang (5).
Not long later Arsenal were on the attack again.
After doing tremendously well to save the ball from going out of play, Aubameyang turned provider, lofting the ball to the back post to allow Maitland-Niles head home in style.
Arsenal tested the Rennes goal with a few more attempts prior half-time; Aubameyang turning the style was close when his over-head kick narrowly missed, before Ramsey stung the hands of keeper Tomas Koubek.
Rennes very nearly grabbed a precious away goal, but Ismail Sarr saw his effort denied by veteran stopper Petr Cech who managed to push the ball away onto the post and away from danger.
That man again Aubameyang was involved in Arsenal’s next bit of action. Following a marauding run from defender Sean Kolasinac, the Bosnian found enough space down the left to deliver a sumptuous ball into the Gabon international who duly dispatched from close-range.
Think it goes without saying that Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the Man of the Match award, as he was involved in just about every positive bit of action on the night.
However, we would like to give extra credit to Sead Kolasinac. The Bosnian juggernaut continued his impressive run of form following his return from injury and was at it again on Thursday night.
Both defensively and offensively powerful, the 25-year-old was an absolute class act on and deserved the assist for his tireless efforts up and down the left.
Arsenal fans, how high did you rate the Bosnian powerhouse last night? Join the discussion by commenting below…