Europa League: 10-Man Arsenal Suffer First-Leg Defeat To Rennes

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he has “confidence” his side can overturn Rennes’ 3-1 lead at Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Alex Iwobi‘s early cross-shot had put Arsenal in front but they lost control of the game after Sokratis Papastathopoulos‘ dismissal for a second booking.

Benjamin Bourigeaud immediately drew the hosts level with a stunning strike into the top right corner, with Nacho Monreal‘s own goal and Ismaila Sarr‘s late header compounding a miserable evening for Arsenal.

“The red card changed the game more than we wanted,” Emery said.

“The first 40 minutes we controlled, we scored, we didn’t concede good chances. I think we can do better and I have confidence with our players and our supporters helping us.”

Arsenal go into the second leg having overturned a 1-0 deficit in the last-32 stage.

On that occasion, they progressed with a 3-0 home victory over Belarus side Bate Borisov.

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