Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said his trademark goal celebration against the Rennes on Thursday night in the Europa League round of 16 second leg encounter was a mark of identity.
The Gabonese international said: “I needed something, a mask to represent me and the Black Panther represents me.
“In Gabon, we call the national team the Panthers so that’s why I wore it,” He said.
Aubameyang was on the score sheet twice for the Gunners as the team survived being eliminated in the Europa League.
The North London club showed its supremacy over Ligue 1 Rennes in an incredible comeback to beat Rennes 4-3 on aggregate.
The Gabonese international brace helps seal Arsenal’s progression into the quarter-final stage of the Europa League on Thursday night.
The 29-year-old opened the scoring after five minutes, poking home from Aaron Ramsey’s cutback, before sealing the Gunners’ place in the Europa League quarter-finals with a tap-in from Sead Kolasinac’s low cross.
Aubameyang celebrated his goal with the Arsenal fans, jumping into the crowd to grab a mysterious bag and when he came back onto the pitch, he pulled out a mask.
The former Borussia Dortmund striker then pulled a mask from the Marvel film Black Panther over his face before picking up a yellow card for the celebration.
However, he missed his chance of grabbing a hat-trick after squandering two big chances and revealed afterwards that there were some nerves at the end.
“[We were] a bit nervous. We took a while to close the game and I missed two chances but it was important to win tonight,” he added.
“The most important thing is that we won and everybody is happy and proud.”