Rennes vs Arsenal: Europa League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

at 11:51 PM, 6/03/2019 (1 week ago)
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Time: 8:00pm
Stadium: Roazhon Park
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (Slovakia)
Team News:
Arsenal will be without Alexandre Lacazette when they face Rennes in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash on Thursday.
The striker is suspended for both legs after being sent off in the last round against BATE Borisov.
His absence is likely to mean Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts in France, having been on the bench for the north London derby on Saturday.
Aubameyang came on as a substitute against Tottenham and saw a late penalty saved as the match finished 1-1.
Arsenal's next Premier League match is against top-four rivals Manchester United on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
Rennes are 10th in Ligue 1 and should be well rested after their Ligue 1 game at the weekend was postponed to allow them to prepare for the Europa League.
Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns, with Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck still long-term absentees.
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Rennes will be the 10th different French team that Arsenal have faced in all European competition - the Gunners have beaten each of the previous nine French sides they've met.
Arsenal have never lost an away game against French opposition (W8 D5 L0). Their only two defeats suffered in France in competitive games came in the 1995 Cup Winners Cup final vs Real Zaragoza and the 2006 Champions League final against Barcelona.
Rennes will be hosting an English side for only the second time in their history, and for the first time since July 2001 when they beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the first leg of their Interhoneypot Cup semi-final encounter.
This is the sixteenth successive campaign in which Arsenal have reached the last 16 of a major European competition, a run that began in 2003-04. The Gunners reached this stage of the Champions League 14 times between 2004 and 2017, whilst also appearing in the Europa League last 16 last season.
Rennes striker Ismalia Sarr has been directly involved in five goals in the Europa League this season (three goals, two assists); more than any other player for the French side.

Published at: 11:51 PM, 6/03/2019 (1 week ago)
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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