Match Report: Arsenal 3-0 Rennes

By Alex Nicoloau

Arsenal pull-off another Europa League comeback at the Emirates, winning 4-3 on aggregate, to ensure a place in the final eight of the competition. 

Goals either side of the break from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a first-half header from Ainsley Maitland-Niles proved enough to beat Rennes following their defeat in France last week. 

Arsenal took a fifthminute lead, as top scorer Aubameyang tapped home a drilled cross from Aaron Ramsey, inspiring early hope amongst fans for a comeback. 

The hosts then doubled their lead with Aubameyang turning provider, finding Maitland-Niles free at the back post who headed home and gave Unai Emery’s men an advantage in the tie on away goals. 

Aubameyang then added a second to his tally after the interval with another poachers’ goal, as Sead Kolasinac’s ball found the Gabonese striker who was on hand to finish at the back post. 

Alexandre Lacazette did not seem to learn from his red card against BATE Borisov, as a rash tackle earned him a booking, with some Rennes players believing he should have seen worse. 

Despite being on the back foot, it was Rennes who began the second half with intent and Mbaye Niang was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as his edge of the box effort struck the post. 

Aubameyang had two great chances to find his hat-trick late on but was unable to convert. 

Emery will be hoping to bring Champions League football back to The Emirates next season as Arsenal now progress to the quarter-finals and also sit in fourth place in the Premier League.  

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