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The Gunners host the Ligue 1 outfit at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow hoping to overturn the 3-1 scoreline from last week’s first leg.

Unai Emery’s men were torn apart in France after Sokratis Papastathopoulos was shown a red card in the first half for a second yellow.

Alex Iwobi had given them the lead inside three minutes before goals from Benjamin Bourigeaud, Ismaila Sarr and a Nacho Monreal own goal turned things around.

Former captain Patrick Vieira won three Premier League titles with Arsenal and was a key figure in their invincible side in 2003/04.

He spent nine years in north London as a player and he is now the manager of French side Nice after a stint with New York City FC.

His comments this week having left bad feeling amongst the fans who used to worship him as he claimed he wants to see his former side Arsenal go out of the competition.

“I have not seen the games [Rennes vs Arsenal] but the result didn’t surprise me,” he said.

Rennes are a really good Ligue 1 team. Offensively they are able to score against all teams in every minute of a game.

“It’s very good that they won for French football.

“We are all supporting Rennes and all the French teams in the Europa League.

“We hope they can qualify for the next round when they travel to London next Thursday.”

Arsenal are treating the competition as a second route into the Champions League should they fail to finish in the top four.

Therefore Emery will be keen to make the most of the home advantage on Thursday to turn things around.

He has been handed a major boost ahead of the clash as Alexandre Lacazette has had his ban rescinded by UEFA.

The striker was banned for the first leg after being sent off during the 1-0 defeat at BATE Borisov.

Lacazette caught Aleksandar Filipovic flush in the face with an elbow, he later apologised to his team-mates for letting them down in Belarus.



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