Having lost the first leg 3-1 away from home, Arsenal knows they need to be at their best in order to beat Rennes and qualify for the quarter-finals of this year's Europa League. The Europa league remains Arsenal's only hope for silverware this season. But having lost in France, the task is already pretty tough for the Gunners.
In the first leg, Arsenal went ahead in the fourth minute of the match. But poor defending and indiscipline from their players saw the Gunners leaving France with a sour-tasting 3-1 defeat.
A 2-0 win will be enough for Arsenal to go through to the next round. However, considering how shaky their defence has been this season, can they really keep a clean against the high flying French side?
Having beaten Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates last weekend, the players will have a renewed sense of confidence. Manchester United was in good form before the weekend clash, having overturned a 2-0 home defeat to PSG. Arsenal’s discipline and solid passing game saw them prevail against the Red Devils which would have helped the weekend football accumulator for many punters.
Arsenal have a solid home record at the Emirates this season and manager Unai Emery will be hoping he can maintain it ahead of the match tomorrow.
The good news for Arsenal is that striker Alexandre Lacazette will be available for manager Unai Emery. It is welcome news for the game after the club after they successfully appealed to have his ban reduced. The Frenchman was banned for three matches after a sending off in the first leg of their match against BATE Borisov last month. But it was reduced to two matches, which have already been played, earlier this week.
With Aubameyang woefully out of form, Lacazette will be very much needed if Arsenal wants to have a chance of progressing in the tournament.
Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are definitely out of the clash due to long term injuries. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also a doubt for the clash. He faces last minute tests to check if he will be fit for the important clash. With Sokratis getting red carded (double yellow) in the first half of the match against Rennes in France, he will certainly be missing in action for the second leg at the Emirates.