Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Black Panther Mask Represents Me
Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has explained the reasons behind donning a Black Panther mask after scoring against Rennes on Thursday.
The Gabon international was on target twice as the Gunners beat the Ligue 1 side 3-0 in the UEFA Europa League. Having lost the first leg 3-1, the result was enough for Arsenal to win 4-3 on aggregate and progress into the last 16 of the competition.
Having scored to put his side 3-0 up in the second half, the striker made a beeline for a bag behind the goal and pulled out a mask from the Marvel film.
Speaking to BT Sport, Rich Jones of the Daily Mirror after the game, Aubameyang said the headwear represented himself and his homeland.
I needed a mask that would represent me,” he said. “It is a Black Panther and in Africa in Gabon we call the national team the Panther of Gabon. It represents me.”
While the striker has only pulled out masks for celebrations sporadically in his career, Arsenal supporters will be hopeful a lot more goals for their star forward will encourage even more creative routines in the future.