Arsenal will hope to use their win against high-flying Manchester United and look to build momentum as we come to the tail end of the Premier League season, and a European comeback is sure to add fuel to that fire.
In their way will be a resilient Rennes side, who will look to travel to the Emirates and shut-out the sheer fire-power of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.
Should they do this, they will avenge their midfield maverick Hatem Ben Arfa, as the French catalyst had a public feud against current Gunners gaffer Unai Emery.
After the game, Ben Arfa said this about Emery:
“But I did see the same Emery, as agitated as ever. I looked over at him a few times and that made me laugh a little. He hasn’t changed.”
The feud arose after Emery froze Ben Arfa out of the Paris Saint Germain during the pairs time together in the French capital.
In terms of team news, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is ruled out due to suspension after his red card in the first leg, but neither side have any fresh injuries.
Emery is likely to play Lacazette after having his ban reduced from his sending off against BATE Borisov. While midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan remains doubtful after missing the team’s victory over Manchester United.
Emery told BBC Sport that the return of Lacazette will boost his side’s potent attack.
“We all know how important Alex is to us as a group,” the Spainiard said.
“Obviously the more players we have available the better it is because we do have some quality players, particularly in midfield and up top. Hopefully we will be able to make that danger pay.”
Rennes full-back Romain Danze and midfielder Rafik Guitane will be unavailable through injury.