Arsenal vs Rennes: Europa League score, goals and updates
ARSENAL 1-0 RENNES | AUBAMEYANG (4)
Arsenal XI: Cech, Maintland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Rennes XI: Koubek, Da Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini, Traore, Sarr, Grenier, Bourigeaud, Andre, Niang, Ben Arfa
- Arsenal need to overcome a two-goal deficit to advance
- Alexandre Lacazette starts after his three-match ban was reduced to two
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opens the scoring inside four minutes
ARSENAL 1-0 RENNES | AUBAMEYANG
3: A cloud of smoke is covering Petr Cech’s goal area. I suspect that’s why Niang just had a pop from 45-yards out!
2: Good grief! These Rennes fans are kick off already… They are bouncing around with flares going off all over the place. It’s a pyro party!
I imagine somewhere in France – a Rennes HR employee is already writing out a cheque for the inevitable UEFA fine.
ARSENAL 0-0 RENNES
1: My sincerest apologies for the late start. The fella supposed to be doing this game decided to go on a jolly to Cheltenham. Alright for some!
Anyway, after a terrifyingly bright lights show – we’re underway at the Emirates Stadium!
18:40: Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Europa League from the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners welcome their Ligue 1 opponents trailing 3-1 from last Thursday’s first leg.
Now I’m no doom-monger – but since the inception of the Europa League in 2009-10, only one side has progressed to the following round after losing 3-1 in the first leg of a knockout tie.
That was an English side though – Fulham against Juventus in 2009.
Anyway, I’ll be back to start the coverage after the conclusion of Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea. Below are the line-ups.
Arsenal XI: Cech, Maintland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Subs: Leno, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Iwobi, Suarez, Guendouzi, Nketiah.
Rennes XI: Koubek, Da Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini, Traore, Sarr, Grenier, Bourigeaud, Andre, Niang, Ben Arfa.
Subs: Badiashile, Zeffane, Doumbia, Gelin, Siliki, Del Castillo, Hunou.
ARSENAL vs RENNES
Arsenal will assess Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s back injury ahead of their Europa League last-16 second leg with Rennes.
Mkhitaryan missed Sunday’s Premier League win over his former club Manchester United but trained on Wednesday and will have a check before the game.
Alexandre Lacazette is available after UEFA reduced his three-match suspension to two games on appeal, while Lucas Torreira returns from a domestic ban. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is suspended, though, after his red card in last week’s 3-1 first-leg loss in France.
Arsenal provisional squad: Leno, Cech, Maitland-Niles, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Monreal, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Elneny, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Suarez, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah.