Arsenal vs. Stade Rennes - Football Match Report

Tanya Simon
March 15, 2019

Arsenal came into the match trailing 3-1 after the first leg, but wasted no time cutting into their aggregate deficit when Aubameyang poked home a seeing-eye cross from Aaron Ramsey at the near post.

And he says not many people would have thought that at the beginning of the campaign.

Rennes bid au revoir to their Europa League hopes after Arsenal eased past Julien Stephan's side 3-0 in the Europa League second leg round of 16 tie at the Emirates on Thursday evening.

The home side were in a unusual position after the break, knowing they were through on away goals, but not sure whether to stick or twist in terms of the fine line between attack and defence.

Arsenal were 2-0 winners against Manchester United in the Premier League at The Emirates last weekend to seize control of the top-four race. For the Rennes game, Shkodran Mustafi comes into the side in place of the suspended Sokratis, while Petr Cech replaces Bernd Leno in goal, as he has been the regular goalkeeper during cup games for Arsenal this season.

And the Gunners were soon on level terms in the tie, Maitland-Niles arriving at the back post to steer home a downward header from Aubameyang's cross, Rennes having paused for an offside flag that did not come.

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"But I think the Arsenal fans will be delighted with the job he's doing right now".

They are finding a way to get the job done and former defender Martin Keown believes that is down to Emery now favouring an approach which partners Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in attack. They occupy basically four defenders.

Aubameyang had not scored in the competition since September so breaking his duck to get Arsenal up and running was timely, then he struck again late on for his sixth brace of the season in all competitions. They love playing with one another, there's nearly a telepathic link up with them.

"I've nearly been frustrated".

Barring those two changes, Emery has retained all other players.

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