Arsenal v Rennes: Preview
Arsenal faces Rennes with the task of having a 3-1 deficit to turnaround from the first leg in France, but now welcome Ligue 1 to the Emirates.
The Gunners have lost just twice in their last 23 competitive games (W18, D3, L2) averaging 2.31 goals per Premier League game here this season, the hosts should have confidence
Arsenal have won only five of their previous 12 UEFA home fixtures against French clubs (W5, D4, L3) but progressed in four of five matchups against French teams.
Unai Emery side has six clean sheets from their last eight Europa matches.
Arsenal have progressed in just three of the 13 UEFA ties where they lost an initial away first leg. In six previous UEFA ties where Rennes held a home first-leg lead, they managed to progress in four.
Rennes have had their most successful European campaign to date with a good chance at reaching the quarter-finals with an away win in their game against Real Betis.
Julien Stephan side have conceded in the last seven of the last nine EL away games but have also netted in 13 of their last 14 competitive away outings,
The French side has conceded a first-half goal in four of their last five road trips in all competitions (W2, L3 – ).
Players to watch: Gunners forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has two EL goals so far, with 11 different scorers the highest in the competition.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Bourigeaud has scored in each of his last three games.
Ismaila Sarr has been directly involved in six Europa League goals (four goals, two assists).
Arsenal: Hector Bellerin,Sokratis, Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck
Rennes: Baal, Danze, Guitane and Siebatcheu