Arsenal vs Rennes: Europa League score, goals and updates
ARSENAL 2-0 RENNES | AUBAMEYANG (4), MAITLAND-NILES (14)
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
- Ainsley Maitland-Niles heads home Aubameyang’s cross
ARSENAL 2-0 RENNES | MAITLAND-NILES
11: Arsenal finding plenty of gaps in this Rennes side. I’m not really sure the French outfit are clear on what they should be doing. It’s neither defence or attack really. Just a… well an average display.
8: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in five of his last eight starts in all competitions for Arsenal (5 goals) but this was his first goal away from home since December.
7: The flares have stopped but the Rennes supporters continue to sing their hearts out.
Just a glimmer of a second for Arsenal as Aaron Ramsey plays the ball over to Alexandre Lacazette but Rennes keeper Tomas Koubek rushed out of his box to deny him.
ARSENAL 1-0 RENNES | AUBAMEYANG
4: That’s the start they needed! Arsenal have notched up one of the two unanswered goals they wanted inside four minutes.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles does well to find Aaron Ramsey, who picks out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he simply doesn’t miss those!
Rennes rattled – but their task remains the same. Score.
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.