Goalscorers Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spoke to BT Sport after the 3-0 win over Rennes in the Europa League this evening. Here’s what they had to say.
BT: Strange that at 3-0 it was still a bit nervous.
Auba: Yeah, I think the miss … ok I missed two chances to close the game, but the most important thing is that we won tonight. Everybody’s happy and proud.
BT: A great goal and a great moment
AMN: Yeah, it was fantastic you know. He set me up, it’s a great feeling to go 2-0 up early in the game. So yeah, fantastic.
BT: What’s the story with the mask after the second goal?
Auba: I did a mask that would represent me, so it’s the Black Panther, and in Africa, and ok in Gabon we call the national team the panther of Gabon, it represents me … so that’s it.
I’m really happy tonight for him (Maitland-Niles), because Arsenal have to be proud of young players like this who come from the youth team, they come here and he’s playing so well. So we’re all happy.
BT: It’s been an important few weeks, into top four and quarter-finals of the Europa League.
AMN: Yeah, i think we’re showing that we can do it, that we’re good enough as a team and we have great spirit. We’re all fighting for each other on the pitch.
BT: Rennes got a bit narky.
Auba: Yeah, they were a bit nervous, angry as well, but that’s football!