Arsenal vs Rennes: Lacazette return could help Gunners with a rescue job
Arsenal welcome French striker Alex Lacazette back into their Europa League squad tonight after his suspension was reduced, and they'll need him as they attempt to claw back a deficit after losing 3-1 in Rennes.
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Arsenal will be encouraged by their 2-0 win over Manchester United on the weekend that reignites their top four hopes. Still, they've got some work to do here. Alex Lacazette will be available again after his suspension was reduced after appeal, and he might be used in attack alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a night when Arsenal need goals and plenty of them.
Rennes has lost their last two away games in Ligue 1 by two goals or more, and that will be a source of encouragement for Arsenal, but the French side did score three away at Real Betis in the last round of this competition and that shows they're a capable side in a knockout environment.
We are expecting an open affair at The Emirates Stadium tonight.
Team news 📰
Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will have a late fitness test before Thursday's Europa League last-16 second-leg match against Rennes. The Armenian midfielder missed Sunday's league win over Manchester United with a back injury but trained on Wednesday. Striker Alexandre Lacazette will be available after his three-match ban was reduced to two on appeal, and Lucas Torreira returns from a domestic ban. Greek defender Sokratis is suspended after his red card in France.
Hamari Traore returns from suspension for Rennes and should regain his spot at right-back from Mehdi Zeffane. Zeffane and centre-back Damien Da Silva are one booking away from a one-match ban.