Arsenal travel to French side Rennes on Thursday in the first leg of their last 16 tie in the Europa League.
The Gunners will be keen to bounce back after slipping out of the top four following a 1-1 draw in the North London Derby on Saturday.
Rennes however showed in the previous round that they are no pushover after upsetting Real Betis.
Check out 90min's preview ahead of Sunday's encounter.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Thursday 7 Macrh|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||17:55 (GMT)|
|Where Is it Played?||Roazhon Park|
|TV Channel/Stream?||BT Sport 3|
|Referee?||Udiano Mallenco (Spain)|
With Alexandre Lacazette suspended,
Arsenal will be well aware of what former Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa can do, and he will start on Thursday for Rennes. who will be without highly rated forward M'Baye Niang, who along with right back Hamari Traore, is suspended.
The French side also have a lengthy injury list, with central midfielder James Lea Siliki and striker Jordan Siebatcheu both out of the tie.
|Rennes||Koubek; Zeffane, Da Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini; Andre, Grenier; Sarr, Ben Arfa, Bourigeaud; Del Castillo.|
|Arsenal||Cech; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Guendouzi, Torreira; Suarez, Ozil, Iwobi; Aubameyang.|
Head to Head Record
Rennes' only previous meeting with an English club in Europe was an Intertoto Cup semi-final against Aston Villa in 2001, which they lost on away goals.
In contrast, this is Arsenal's 25th fixture against French opposition in Europe. A 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 ended a seven-match winning run for the north London club against Ligue 1 teams.
Saturday's 1-1 draw in the North London Derby ended a three game win streak for the Gunners. Arsenal have also won eight of their ten European games this season.
However, Unai Emery will be seriously concerned by Arsenal's away record this season, having only won five of their 14 league games on the road this campaign, failing to keep a single clean sheet in any of those games. The 1-0 defeat away to BATE Borisov in the previous round was arguably their worst performance of the season.
With just one defeat in their last eight, Rennes will be confident of causing an upset at Roazhan Park.
Here is how each team has performed in their last five matches.
|Rennes 2-0 US Orleans (27/2)||Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal (2/3)|
|Rennes 1-1 Marseille (24/2)||Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth (27/2)|
|Real Betis 1-3 Rennes (21/2)||Arsenal 2-0 Southampton (24/2)|
|Stade Reims 2-0 Rennes (17/2)||Arsenal 3-0 Bate (21/2)|
|Rennes 3-3 Real Betis (14/2)||Bate 1-0 Arsenal (14/2)|
Despite Arsenal's unpredictability this season, they should have too much for a side sitting 10th in Ligue 1.
Rennes have defied the odds to get this far, and the extra rest they have been will be a benefit for the French outfit. Arsenal's defence is famously shaky at the moment, especially away from home.
However, Arsenal have looked more reliable in recent weeks, and with potential attacking threats such as
Prediction: Rennes 0-2 Arsenal
Source : 90min