Arsenal v Rennes: Europa League last 16, second leg – live!

Arsenal v Rennes: Europa League last 16, second leg – live!

14-Mar-2019 19:49:35 | The Guardian

The early games have finished, with Chelsea, Napoli and Valencia going through to the last eight. Valencia were going out to FC Krasnodar until Goncalo Guedes scored in the 93rd minute.

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Some pre-match reading

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In other Europa League news, Chelsea went to Kyiv with a 3-0 lead from the first leg. You will not believe the score!

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Arsenal (3-4-1-2) Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Substitutes: Leno, Mkhitaryan, Torreira, Iwobi, Denis Suarez, Guendouzi, Nketiah.

Rennes (4-4-2) Koubek; Traore, Da Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini; Sarr, Andre, Grenier, Bourigeaud; Ben Arfa, Niang.
Substitutes: Badiashile, Zeffane, Doumbia, Lea Silki, Del Castillo, Hunou, Gelin.

A main course of shallot and chicory tatin, young vegetables, new potatoes with chestnut dressing never hurt nobody. But despite the almost parodic gastronomic options at the Emirates Stadium, and the nu-footy reputation, it has become an intimidating place for away sides. Only Manchester City have picked up more league points at home than Arsenal in each of the last two seasons, and they were again impressive in beating Manchester United at the weekend.

Arsenal’s home form – and the bonus availability of Alexandre Lacazette – means they are most people’s favourites to go through to the last eight of Europa League despite their 3-1 defeat in France a week ago. Even the Rennes manager Julian Stephan thinks so. “Arsenal remain favourites given their past and their experience,” he sniffed. “The only thing I think is that we will need to score there, at least once, if not twice.”

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