Marcus Rashford has revealed his admiration for Sergio Aguero and named the Manchester City star the Premier League's most complete striker.

Argentina international Aguero wrote one of the most famous chapters in the two clubs' storied rivalry when he scored the goal that snatched the title from Manchester United in 2011-12.

But United and England forward Rashford is a firm fan of the 30-year-old's ability to deliver in all conditions.

Aguero has netted 18 times in the top flight this term and is the most prolific player in City's history.

"I think probably the most all-round centre-forward is Sergio Aguero," Rashford said in an interview with GQ.

"Even on an off day, he can score you three or four goals. That, for me, is one trait of a centre-forward that I would take all day long.

"When you're not having a good game, but you're still scoring goals – that is a skill on its own."

And Aguero is not the only striker from a top-four competitor Rashford enjoys watching.

"Also Harry Kane, his positioning, his movement – very clever player," he added. "I like [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang as well."

Rashford scored his 12th goal of the campaign on Saturday but could not prevent United from crashing out of the FA Cup in a 2-1 loss to Wolves.

The 21-year-old is now preparing for England's opening Euro 2020 qualifying fixtures against Czech Republic and Montenegro, with the first to be played at Wembley on March 22.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said wearing a Black Panther mask after scoring a Europa League goal for Arsenal was a tribute to Gabon.

The striker claimed a brace and created another goal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles as Arsenal beat Rennes 3-0 to progress 4-3 on aggregate on Thursday.

Gabon international Aubameyang opened the scoring in the fifth minute then settled nerves at Emirates Stadium with the Gunners' third goal in the second half.

And Aubameyang - who has previously celebrated goals with Batman and Spider-Man masks - had a special celebration up his sleeve, wearing Black Panther headgear from the Marvel superhero film.

"I needed the mask to represent me," Aubameyang said to BT Sport after his sixth brace of the season in all competitions.

"Black Panther...in Africa and Gabon we are called the Black Panthers so it represents me - that's it."

The second leg was a bad-tempered affair with four yellow cards shown to each side by referee Andris Treimanis.

"I think they [Rennes] were a bit nervous and angry as well," Aubameyang added. "But that's football and sometimes this happens.

"I missed two chances to close the game but, okay, most important we won today and we are all happy and proud."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace to send Arsenal into the quarter-finals of the Europa League, their 3-0 home win securing a 4-3 aggregate victory against Rennes.

With the Ligue 1 side leading 3-1 from the first leg, Aubameyang and Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored in the first 15 minutes of Thursday's return to draw Arsenal level on aggregate.

Rennes had chances to snatch a last-eight spot at Emirates Stadium on Thursday, with M'Baye Niang cracking a strike against the post at 3-3, but Aubameyang struck again in the 72nd minute.

Only one side in Europa League knockout history had previously successfully overturned a 3-1 first-leg defeat - Fulham downing Serie A giants Juventus in 2009-10 - but Arsenal moved into the quarters, where they could face London rivals Chelsea.

Arsenal needed a fast start and they got one, opening the scoring in the fifth minute when Maitland-Niles and Aaron Ramsey combined down the right channel to tee up Aubameyang for a simple close-range finish.

And the Gunners were soon on level terms in the tie, Maitland-Niles arriving at the back post to steer home a downward header from Aubameyang's cross, Rennes having paused for an offside flag that did not come.

But Arsenal's tempo slipped and a run from Hatem Ben Arfa - an outcast under current Gunners boss Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain - ended with a tame shot at Petr Cech.

A buoyed Rennes then hit the post after the restart, Niang beating former Rennes goalkeeper Cech but not the woodwork after Shkodran Mustafi gave the ball away near his own box.

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.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan sent Sead Kolasinac clear into space on the left wing to deliver a low cross and Aubameyang was there to tuck home, celebrating the goal by wearing a Black Panther mask.

 

What does it mean? Arsenal do enough

After 15 minutes of the second leg, it seemed as though Arsenal were going to cruise into the quarter-finals. But, having got back on level terms quickly, the Gunners took their foot off the pedal and allowed Rennes to establish a foothold in the match.

Emery, who led Sevilla to the Europa League title three years in a row, may have been nervy in the second half before Aubameyang settled the tie.


Aubameyang shows cutting edge

Gabon international Aubameyang is more used to featuring in the Champions League than Europe's second-tier competition, but his early impact with a goal and an assist was decisive for the Gunners.

Aubameyang had not scored in the competition since September so breaking his duck to get Arsenal up and running was timely, then he struck again late on for his sixth brace of the season in all competitions. He should have had a hat-trick, too, missing two late chances to secure the match ball.


Sarr quiet on Arsenal audition

Ismaila Sarr scored the third goal for his side last week but the Rennes winger struggled to make a positive impression in the second leg. Having been linked with a move to Arsenal at the end of this season, Sarr did not seize his opportunity to shine, with a hopeful shot in the sixth minute of added time his only notable contribution.


What's next?

Arsenal do not return to action until April 1 with a Premier League game at home to Newcastle United. Rennes, however, are away to Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Unai Emery insists it is a "positive issue" that Arsenal are under pressure to produce a comeback when they host Rennes in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Gunners trail 3-1 from the first leg of the last-16 tie, having surrendered a third-minute lead following Sokratis Papastathopoulos' red card shortly before half-time.

Fulham are the only team to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit since the tournament was rebranded as the Europa League in 2009-10, but the Gunners fought back to beat BATE 3-1 on aggregate in the last round after losing 1-0 away from home.

And Emery hopes his players can embrace the pressure again as they look to keep their European campaign alive.

"We are very demanding on ourselves. It is a positive issue," the Arsenal boss told a news conference on Wednesday.

"We want to play top matches against the best teams. In the Europa League, we are finding some results, like the last round versus Borisov, difficult.

"This is the same with a bad result in the first round. It will be a tough match but our demand for our best performance is very high. I want to play matches with difficult results, against tough players.

"We need to be together and create a big atmosphere with our supporters to help us. We need to play with high emotion but taking clever decisions on the pitch. These are both important issues. We need to control the 90 minutes, maybe more.

"Our thoughts are now positive. We are thinking to play 90 minutes with our game plan and our best tactical decisions on the pitch and being organised with our quality.

"In the first 90 minutes, they beat us and tomorrow, we will want to show here it can be different, but with a big respect to them and also knowing we need all the players with the focus and to control our emotions and control the different situations and scenarios that can come in the 90 minutes."

Alexandre Lacazette will be available for the match after UEFA reduced his three-match suspension for his red card in the loss to BATE.

Emery will now consider whether or not to play the France international alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack, as he did in the 2-0 Premier League over Manchester United last Sunday.

"We can play with two strikers; we can play with one. Tomorrow I am thinking not only of the first 11, because I think we are going to need different situations, maybe different systems and maybe different players," he said.

"All players are very important. We can play with Lacazette and Auba, or we could play with one. I think we need different possibilities if the match is going one way or another."

Arsenal struck a potentially significant blow in the race for the Premier League top four with a 2-0 win over Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

A Granit Xhaka strike and a second-half penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who missed from the spot in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham last week, gave the Gunners three valuable points that lift them into fourth.

The result also ends United's nine-game winning run away from home under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, just four days on from their dramatic Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal started positively but should have been behind nine minutes in, when Romelu Lukaku steered Luke Shaw's low cross against the crossbar from six yards out.

The Gunners punished that miss three minutes later, when Xhaka's swerving strike from 25 yards out completely bamboozled David de Gea and nestled into the left-hand corner.

Fred struck the base of the post as United sought a quick response, and both Marcus Rashford and Lukaku should have done better after finding space inside the penalty area.

Lukaku was denied by a good Bernd Leno save when Rashford picked him out with a clever pass, and the German was out again to smother the ball at the feet of the England striker as United's pressure grew.

Arsenal made the most of those missed opportunities 21 minutes from time, when Aubameyang sent De Gea the wrong way from the penalty spot after Alexandre Lacazette went to ground under minimal contact from Fred.

What does it mean? Advantage Arsenal in the top-four chase

The Gunners have now moved two points above United into fourth place, just one behind Tottenham in third, with only eight matches left to play.

With Chelsea drawing at home to Wolves earlier, Unai Emery's men now have the edge in a race for the Champions League spots that is getting seriously interesting.

For United, their winning run under Solskjaer ends in a game where, for once, he seemed to hinder his side with his selection.

Leno outshines De Gea

Leno made three good saves and a couple of timely interceptions just when United's pressure was building. For once, De Gea was outshone at the Emirates.

Solskjaer, at last, gets it wrong

Starting with Pogba wide left made him ineffective early on, and by the time Solskjaer switched up the system, United were chasing the game.

What's next?

Arsenal face Rennes on Thursday in their last match before the international break. United meet Wolves in next Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final.

Granit Xhaka applauded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for proving he had "cojones" when taking the late penalty in Saturday's north London derby, despite seeing the spot-kick saved.

Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Wembley by their bitter rivals, with Harry Kane's 74th-minute effort from 12 yards cancelling out Aaron Ramsey's opener.

Things could have been much better for the Gunners, but Aubameyang was unable to convert from the spot in second-half stoppage-time after being nudged over by Davinson Sanchez in the box, with Hugo Lloris denying the striker.

A win would have seen Arsenal move to within just one point of third-placed Spurs, but Xhaka is refusing to blame Aubameyang and is still convinced the Gunners' mentality can help them secure Champions League football next season.

"If you take a penalty in the derby, you have cojones — big balls," Xhaka told reporters. "Not all of the players would have taken this one.

"So, we are happy he took the penalty. If he scores, he scores. If he doesn't score, he doesn't score. This is football.

"In this moment you have to leave the player alone, because he has a lot to think. He was, of course, not that happy, but we are a team, and we win and lose together.

"So, he was unlucky, but he helps us a lot in games, so it's not something big.

"Two weeks before, Tottenham were 10 points in front of us. Now they are four. If we won, it would be one.

"That's life. That's football. We have to keep working, keep improving things, the good and the not so good.

"After Arsene Wenger left, a lot of things changed at this club. We are happy with the coach and we have improved a lot, and we work a lot.

"It will be a big step if we return to the Champions League. We want to. It's not easy, but we will keep working.

"Of course, it is important. Two times in three years we did not play in the Champions League and a club like Arsenal has to play in the Champions League. We need to show that on the pitch.

"But it's not the last game [in which] we will fight like this. We have a good spirit and a good mentality, and we fight altogether. In the end, with a little bit of luck, we could have won this game.

"It's not about [catching up with] Tottenham, it's about the other teams as well. In the Premier League you not only have two or three teams, you have a lot of teams who want to be there.

"We are now near the end of the season and we want to take the points that we need."

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery was in no mood to blame Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette for their wastefulness in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

Lacazette had already missed one golden chance before he set up Aaron Ramsey for the opener at Wembley, and the Frenchman skewed horribly wide from another gilt-edged opportunity early in the second period.

He was soon withdrawn for Aubameyang who, after Harry Kane had equalised for Spurs from the spot, saw a weak stoppage-time penalty saved by Hugo Lloris.

"I spoke with him [Aubameyang]. He had 35 minutes to help us for the victory," Emery told a media conference.

"He did this action and got the penalty. After, you can score or not. It's not a mistake, it's one action.

"The same with Laca. He had good chances, but no problem. Today we create some good chances but today it's not enough."

Emery was also full of praise for Sokratis Papastathopoulos after another assured defensive display from the Greece international.

"His progress is very important," Emery added.

"Today he played well, but the last matches he has come with confidence in himself to use his skills and capacity to help us.

"He also has experience to continue his process with us."

Hugo Lloris kept out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's stoppage-time penalty as Tottenham rescued a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in a dramatic north London derby on Saturday.

The Gunners had led through Aaron Ramsey's early goal and may have felt aggrieved to have been pegged back 16 minutes from the end via Harry Kane's penalty, the England forward becoming the all-time leading scorer in Premier League matches between these two sides.

Kane appeared to be offside from Christian Eriksen's free-kick before he was bundled over by Shkodran Mustafi, but the Gunners had a golden chance to restore their advantage in the first minute of time added on after Aubameyang went down easily under contact from Davinson Sanchez.

Yet Lloris, who was involved in a bizarre Kieran Trippier own goal in Wednesday's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, kept out Aubameyang's weak effort low to his right before Jan Vertonghen denied the Gabon striker right on the line as Arsenal tried to capitalise on the rebound.

A disappointing conclusion for the visitors was made worse when Lucas Torreira received a straight red card for a high challenge on Danny Rose, as Spurs were able to salvage a point after back-to-back losses over the past week.

Alexandre Lacazette was one of five changes from Arsenal's midweek thrashing of Bournemouth and he ought to have done better than scuff an ugly effort wide from Alex Iwobi's deflected pass in the second minute.

Unai Emery's men were not forced to rue that miss, however, as Sanchez made a dreadful mess of a header near halfway and Lacazette released Ramsey to run clear, round Lloris and slot home.

The Gunners went close to a second shortly before the interval as Lloris palmed away Iwobi's curling effort – a save that was swiftly outdone by opposite number Bernd Leno, who denied Eriksen at point-blank range and then reacted superbly to tip Moussa Sissoko's follow-up over the bar.

As in the first half, Lacazette wasted a glorious chance early in the second, skewing horribly wide when picked out by Nacho Monreal's cut-back. The despondent Frenchman was swiftly replaced by Aubameyang.

Rose was thwarted at close quarters as Leno spread himself well once more but the goalkeeper was sent the wrong way by Kane five minutes later, the England forward keeping his cool after the linesman had failed to spot him straying beyond the last man in the build-up to the penalty award.

The drama and controversy did not end there, however, as Aubameyang was denied by Lloris and Vertonghen before Torreira was dismissed for a rash studs-up tackle on Rose.

 

What does it mean? Spurs stop the rot

Defeats to Burnley and Chelsea had seen Tottenham's title hopes torn to shreds, but they at least managed to avoid losing three straight in the league for the first time since 2012. Their first draw of the season maintains a four-point cushion to Arsenal, who could be replaced in fourth by Manchester United later on Saturday.

Lloris the late hero

Lloris' rash rush from his line at Stamford Bridge in midweek contributed to Trippier's own goal, but Spurs' captain redeemed himself here. It was by no means the finest penalty from Aubameyang, but the save rescued a precious point for Mauricio Pochettino.

Lacklustre showing from Lacazette

He may have laid on the goal for Ramsey, but Lacazette was guilty of two poor misses – one at the start of each half. The second proved particularly costly as it would have been hard to see Spurs fighting back from two down.

Key Opta Facts

- The result ended Tottenham’s run of 28 Premier League games without a draw, the third-longest run ever without a draw from the start of a top-flight season.
- Arsenal remain the only side in the Premier League yet to register an away clean sheet this season.
- Meetings between these sides in the Premier League have seen both teams score on 36 occasions – more than any other fixture in the competition.
- No fixture in Premier League history has seen more goals from penalties than Arsenal v Tottenham (18 - level with Everton v Newcastle).
- Kane has scored nine of Tottenham's last 12 Premier League goals against Arsenal; only Wayne Rooney (12) and Robbie Fowler (10) have scored more Premier League goals against the Gunners.
- Torreira is the first player to pick up a red card as a substitute for Arsenal in the Premier League since Robin van Persie against Stoke City in November 2008.

What's next?

Both sides are in European last-16 action in midweek. Tottenham visit Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, looking to defend a 3-0 lead, while Arsenal travel to Rennes for the opening leg of their Europa League tie. In terms of Premier League assignments, next weekend sees Spurs visit Southampton before the Gunners host United in another crunch clash.

 

Hugo Lloris kept out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's stoppage-time penalty as Tottenham rescued a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in a dramatic north London derby on Saturday.

The Gunners had led through Aaron Ramsey's early goal and may have felt aggrieved to have been pegged back 16 minutes from the end via Harry Kane's penalty, the England forward becoming the all-time leading scorer in Premier League matches between these two sides.

Kane appeared to be offside from Christian Eriksen's free-kick before he was bundled over by Shkodran Mustafi, but the Gunners had a golden chance to restore their advantage in the first minute of time added on after Aubameyang went down easily under contact from Davinson Sanchez.

Yet Lloris, who was involved in a bizarre Kieran Trippier own goal in Wednesday's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, kept out Aubameyang's weak effort low to his right before Jan Vertonghen denied the Gabon striker right on the line as Arsenal tried to capitalise on the rebound.

A disappointing conclusion for the visitors was made worse when Lucas Torreira received a straight red card for a high challenge on Danny Rose, as Spurs were able to salvage a point after back-to-back losses over the past week.

Alexandre Lacazette was one of five changes from Arsenal's midweek thrashing of Bournemouth and he ought to have done better than scuff an ugly effort wide from Alex Iwobi's deflected pass in the second minute.

Unai Emery's men were not forced to rue that miss, however, as Sanchez made a dreadful mess of a header near halfway and Lacazette released Ramsey to run clear, round Lloris and slot home.

The Gunners went close to a second shortly before the interval as Lloris palmed away Iwobi's curling effort – a save that was swiftly outdone by opposite number Bernd Leno, who denied Eriksen at point-blank range and then reacted superbly to tip Moussa Sissoko's follow-up over the bar.

As in the first half, Lacazette wasted a glorious chance early in the second, skewing horribly wide when picked out by Nacho Monreal's cut-back. The despondent Frenchman was swiftly replaced by Aubameyang.

Rose was thwarted at close quarters as Leno spread himself well once more but the goalkeeper was sent the wrong way by Kane five minutes later, the England forward keeping his cool after the linesman had failed to spot him straying beyond the last man in the build-up to the penalty award.

The drama and controversy did not end there, however, as Aubameyang was denied by Lloris and Vertonghen before Torreira was dismissed for a rash studs-up tackle on Rose.

Hugo Lloris kept out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's stoppage-time penalty as Tottenham rescued a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in a dramatic north London derby on Saturday.

The Gunners had led through Aaron Ramsey's early goal and may have felt aggrieved to have been pegged back 16 minutes from the end via Harry Kane's penalty, the England forward becoming the all-time leading scorer in Premier League matches between these two sides.

Kane appeared to be offside from Christian Eriksen's free-kick before he was bundled over by Shkodran Mustafi, but the Gunners had a golden chance to restore their advantage in the first minute of time added on after Aubameyang went down easily under contact from Davinson Sanchez.

Yet Lloris, who was involved in a bizarre Kieran Trippier own goal in Wednesday's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, kept out Aubameyang's weak effort low to his right before Jan Vertonghen denied the Gabon striker right on the line as Arsenal tried to capitalise on the rebound.

A disappointing conclusion for the visitors was made worse when Lucas Torreira received a straight red card for a high challenge on Danny Rose, as Spurs were able to salvage a point after back-to-back losses over the past week.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were on target as an unconvincing Arsenal beat Cardiff City 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, bouncing back from defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Unai Emery's men failed to impress despite largely controlling proceedings, though they benefited from Bruno Ecuele Manga's haplessness at the back for Aubameyang's penalty, and Lacazette put the game beyond Cardiff before Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's stoppage-time consolation.

After pre-match tributes to Cardiff's missing striker Emiliano Sala, the visitors gave a good account of themselves in a first half of few chances, looking just as lively as their hosts, though they were perhaps fortunate Ecuele Manga did not concede a spot-kick shortly before the interval.

The Gabonese defender failed to learn his lesson, however, finding himself penalised in the second period and his compatriot Aubameyang converted, before Lacazette put the result beyond doubt with a fine effort of his own.

Mendez-Laing pulled one back with an excellent left-footed finish, but it amounted to little.

Arsenal were quick out of the blocks and should have gone ahead in the second minute, but Neil Etheridge got a touch to Sead Kolasinac's cross and an unbalanced Lacazette failed to pounce quick enough, seeing his eventual effort blocked.

Cardiff wasted a good chance of their own soon after – Bobby Reid slicing a volley just wide after Mohamed Elneny inadvertently nudged the ball on.

As underwhelming as Arsenal's first-half display was, they were furious to not get a penalty just before the break, as Ecuele Manga escaped unpunished when catching Lacazette.

The Cardiff man was not so fortunate midway through the second period, however, as he clumsily sent Kolasinac tumbling in the box and the previously anonymous Aubameyang converted confidently.

Lacazette sealed the win seven minutes from the end with a fine goal not in keeping with the rest of the match, as he took up possession out on the right, darted inside and finished clinically past Etheridge after bursting into the box.

Mendez-Laing netted in style right at the end, bending a left-footed strike into the bottom-left corner, though it had little impact as Cardiff remain in the drop zone, three points from safety.

 

What does it mean? Ozil fails to add spark

Mesut Ozil was making his first Premier League start of 2019, even taking the captain's armband, however he failed to offer Arsenal a huge amount of creativity and rarely caught the eye before being withdrawn late on.

Kolasinac a constant threat

In a game generally devoid of quality, there were few standout performances. But Kolasinac on the left for Arsenal was a willing runner, causing Cardiff numerous problems and winning the penalty.

Ecuele Manga's sloppiness gets punished

Cardiff centre-back Ecuele Manga was lucky to not give away a penalty in the first half. He failed to learn from that, though, and was even more clumsy in the second period, and that proved costly.

What's next?

Arsenal travel to Manchester City on Sunday, while Cardiff host Bournemouth the day before.

Alexis Sanchez scored on his return to Arsenal in a 3-1 victory for Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal started 2019 with a morale-boosting win following their hammering at the hands of Liverpool, recording a 4-1 triumph over struggling Fulham at Emirates Stadium.

A visit from the Premier League's 19th-placed side offered welcome respite for Unai Emery's side after their 5-1 reverse at Anfield, though they did not have it all their own way before Granit Xhaka's 25th-minute opener.

The recalled Alexandre Lacazette doubled the Gunners' lead early in the second half, though Fulham halved the deficit with a tap-in from substitute Aboubakar Kamara after 69 minutes.

However, it was an Arsenal replacement who finished off Fulham's hopes of picking up a point, Aaron Ramsey converting a rebound after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had hit a post, though the latter did score his 14th league goal of the campaign in the closing minutes, putting him one clear of Mohamed Salah in the scoring charts.

 

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been confirmed as the Player of the Year finalists at the 2018 CAF Awards.

The prestigious honour, set to be awarded at a gala in Dakar, Senegal, next week will go to one of three Premier League stars after sparkling in 2018.

Salah was last year's winner and he followed up his 2017 achievements with another fine 12 months, breaking the Premier League's 38-game season goals record, while leading Liverpool to the Champions League final, before ending the year on top of the league table.

Team-mate Mane - second in 2017 - has been similarly influential in the Reds' success, forming a devastating forward line along with Salah and Roberto Firmino, and netted in the Kiev final defeat to Real Madrid.

Salah and Mane both went to the World Cup, with Egypt and Senegal respectively, but neither made it past the group stage.

Meanwhile, 2015 Player of the Year Aubameyang hit the ground running in England after a big move from Borussia Dortmund.

The Gabon international scored 10 Premier League goals last term following his switch and, heading into Tuesday's action, is tied with Salah and Harry Kane at the top of the scoring charts with 13 this season.

Salah and Mane were both on target as Liverpool thrashed Aubameyang's Arsenal 5-1 on Saturday.

Arsenal's leading goal-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had just 13 touches of the ball as the Gunners were thrashed 5-1 by Liverpool, and six of those came from kick-offs.

Aubameyang has scored 13 Premier League goals in 20 appearances this season but he cut a lonely figure as Unai Emery's men were pulled apart at Anfield.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles gave the visitors the lead after just 11 minutes but Liverpool's response was swift and decisive, Roberto Firmino scoring two goals in three minutes before Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored to make it 4-1 at half-time.

Firmino scored again from the penalty spot in the second half to put the game well out of Arsenal's reach, while the normally lethal Aubameyang was left to reflect on a fruitless evening before being taken off 19 minutes from the end.

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