Unai Emery Arsenal
Unai Emery Arsenal

Arsenal suffered a shock defeat vs Rennes in the first leg of the Europa League Round of 16 last week.

The Gunners were battered 3-1 away from home in a game which saw Unai Emery’s men play with 10 men after Sokratis was send off just before half-time.

The second leg of the tie will be played this week at the Emirates and despite the 3-1 loss, Arsenal are still favourites to move onto the next round.

Unai Emery set up a pretty strong side the first time around and this time around too Rennes should be prepared to face the full might of Unai Emery’s side.

Speaking before the game, Unai Emery revealed what had actually gone wrong for them in the first leg and how they intend to rectify it.

“The red card changed the game more than we wanted,” the Arsenal boss told reporters.

“The first 40 minutes we controlled, we scored, we didn’t concede good chances.

“But after this red card,  it’s different, more than we wanted. I think we can do better.

“The result for the first 90 minutes is hard for us but we are going to start the next match next week with 11 vs 11 and with the same respect we had in the first half,

“The first 40 minutes, we are going to do that at home.

“But also we need to change our performances. I have confidence with our players, our supporters helping us to be one big atmosphere to give us good spirit against them.”

Sokratis is suspended for this game after picking up a red card in the first leg and there is also a doubt over the fitness of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Apart from that, the Arsenal manager is not expected to make too many changes and we hope to see the strongest possible XI on Thursday.

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