Arsenal v Rennes Tips: Extra-time on the cards at the Emirates?
Things couldn’t have gone much worse for Arsenal in Rennes last week. The Gunners went down 3-1 in France and now need to win by two clear goals to make it through to the Europa League quarter-finals.
Their form at the Emirates hints towards a comeback. But can their defence hold out long enough to allow them through? We’ve previewed tonight’s crucial clash below.
Arsenal’s home form is second to none. The Gunners have won their last five matches at the Emirates, with four of those scorelines enough to send them through if repeated tonight.
The Gunners have little choice but to go out and attack tonight. That could lead to Emery starting both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, with Mesut Ozil sat just behind.
Shkodran Mustafi will fill in alongside Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny at the back with Sokratis suspended, while Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will bomb on down the wings.
With Arsenal expected to attack, Rennes may opt to play on the counter. That should be no problem at all with the pacey Ismaila Sarr and tricky Benjamin Bourigeaud on either flank.
Ex-Newcastle United man Hatem Ben Arfa could start in a lone front role if boss Julien Stephan chooses pack the midfield in a 4-5-1 formation.
Emery’s men have goals running throughout the side. So it’s no surprise that Arsenal players make up the first nine names in the Anytime Goalscorer market.
Rennes will need to make good use the pace within their side to cause Arsenal problems. Sarr is fast as lightening and looks set to be the main weapon on the break at 9/2 Anytime.
Where: Emirates Stadium
How to watch: BT Sport 2
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