Lacazette suspension twist surprises Rennes boss Stephan

Lacazette suspension twist surprises Rennes boss Stephan

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil seemed to taunt Lingard in a tweet after Sunday's game which read: 'Dancefloor huh?!

It was United's first league defeat since December 16, Jose Mourinho's last game in charge, and ended Solskjaer's remarkable three-month, 12-match unbeaten league start as his interim replacement. "If we just want to defend we are going to be in a lot of trouble".

No manager has won the competition more than Emery, who is tied on three successes with iconic Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni, and he will need to draw on all that experience if the Gunners are to turn this tie around.

Alexandre Lacazette like Sokratis is also suspended for this game which makes Aubameyang a guaranteed starter. "We didn't think he would be included up until yesterday evening".

"I made a mistake against Tottenham, looking down at the last moment, not watching (Spurs keeper Hugo) Lloris, but today I watched until the end, and being focused you score a penalty", the Gabonese striker told Sky Sports.

Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to see the North London club leapfrog Solskjaer's side into the top four, and Leno is confident that Unai Emery's side can qualify for the Champions League.

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The governing body, however, upheld an appeal 48 hours before the game, reducing the sanction to two matches, which means the Frenchman is available for the Thursday night clash at the Emirates Stadium.

"Last week in Rennes was a very different game until the red card for Sokratis Papastathopoulos".

"Now we have a two point advantage and that was enough motivation for us".

The defeat leaves United outside the top four with eight games remaining, although captain Ashley Young admits the club would have taken that position earlier in the season when they were well off the pace under former boss Jose Mourinho.

Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will have a late fitness test before Thursday's Europa League last-16 second-leg match against Rennes.

Ismaila Sarr was the Rennes livewire in the first leg and helped himself to a deserved goal.


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