Arsenal v Rennes Match Preview & Free Bets

Arsenal have a mountain to climb should they wish to reach the quarter-finals of this season's Europa League

Arsenal were expected to comfortably dispose of French side Rennes in the first leg of their Europa League last-sixteen outing earlier this month, however they returned home on the back of a thoroughly disappointing 3-1 defeat and as such have plenty to do in the return leg on Thursday evening. The Gunners got things off to a fine start when Alex Iwobi opened the scoring in the third minute, however Sokratis Papasthathopoulos was red-carded four minutes later and it was downhill for the visitors from that moment on, Rennes levelling the scoreline almost immediately and both Nacho Monreal and Ismaila Sarr subsequently adding their names to the scoresheet. Rennes thus enjoy a commanding lead ahead of their visit to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening and the Gunners will need to be on the offensive from the outset.

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Arsenal inflicted upon Manchester United their first domestic defeat since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins earlier in the campaign and this certainly holds them in good stead ahead of this match. They now occupy a top-four position in the Premier League and we envisage them clawing their way back into this Europa League tie and grabbing for themselves a big enough win to send them through to the quarter-finals of the competition. We also expect the Gunners to break the deadlock pretty quickly – this being a fairly common theme in recent Arsenal wins – and there can be no denying that Unai Emery’s side need to get quickly off the mark. The evidence suggests that they will get their second-leg clash off to the best possible start and as such we’ll be siding with Arsenal to lead after 30 minutes at 7/5 with Ladbrokes Bookmakers.