Arsenal striker free to face Rennes as ban reduced

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French Ligue 1 side Rennes lead the tie 3-1 on aggregate.

"During the season, you're not going to play well every week and it's about how you cope with that as a club". Exchange bets excluded. Full T&Cs Apply.

The battle for qualification into Europe's premier club competition has become a four-horse race for two winning spots though, with Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United all battling for third and four place. "We have complete faith and confidence we will do the job and go through to the next round".

Sevilla have work to do if the Spanish side are to continue their incredible Europa League record as the five-time winners were held 2-2 at home by Slavia Prague last week.

Rennes are understandably perturbed that Lacazette should be suddenly made available halfway through the tie, and a month after the incident where he was shown a red card in the last round at Bate Borisov.

United won 3-1 at Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup in January, with Lingard's moonwalking after his goal apparently still fresh in the minds of the Arsenal players.

Aubameyang, who stroked home a penalty after strike partner Alexandre Lacazette had gone down under pressure from Fred, concurred with Leno - but also revealed he had originally planned his own celebration. The Frenchman was originally due to be suspended for the contest, but UEFA dropped his three game ban down to two on appeal meaning he can feature on Thursday evening.

"For us, it's one positive issue because we want to play big matches, tough matches against the best teams", Emery told a news conference on Wednesday.

United fan and ESPN presenter Alexis Nunes liked what she heard from Nicol, replying: "I think a lot of Manchester United fans will be happy to hear you say that".

"We have the same vision about football. I felt well and I was ready to score".

Speaking after the match Emery said: "I'm very proud of our players".

Lacazette has scored 14 goals for the Gunners this season.

They are continuing to assess Henrikh Mkhitaryan as he battles a back strain.

In their defence they have been rotated by the former Paris Saint-Germain boss and it was Ozil, who in particular has struggled to cement a starting place, that joined "Auba" and "Laca" in attack against United on Sunday.

Arsenal must pray on that.

Ramsey believes they are capable of progressing without him as Emery's debut campaign at the helm has seen a period of experimentation deliver a top-four challenge.

Tune in to BT Sport 2 from 7.30pm on Thursday to find out! However, realistically, it could work to Arsenal's benefit to take the opprobrium of seceding from the Europa to Rennes, and focus on gearing up for a strong sprint - perhaps even for a podium finish - as the Premier League gears up towards its conclusion.