Ten-man Arsenal suffered their first away defeat by a French club in European opponents within the fundamental leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at Rennes.
The Gunners regarded as if it’d be cruising when Alex Iwobi’s early atrocious from the left drifted previous home goalkeeper Tomas Koubek, into the proper nook.
Nonetheless Benjamin Bourigeaud’s elegant strike, which flew into the cease proper nook, levelled matters at the moment after Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ dismissal for a 2nd booking.
Unai Emery’s side fell within the succor of when Nacho Monreal deflected Mehdi Zeffane’s atrocious from the proper previous his enjoy goalkeeper Petr Cech.
And Ismaila Sarr’s diving header within the closing phases compounded a depressing evening for Arsenal.
Nonetheless, it used to be no more than the hosts deserved as they capitalised on their man advantage to bombard the visiting goal after the damage.
Arsenal will now hope to repeat their heroics from the last-32 stage, the build apart they overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Belarus side Bate Borisov to progress with a 3-0 home victory.
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Arsenal arrived at Roazhon Park having by no approach lost an away sport against French opposition.
For wide parts of the fundamental half, that file regarded adore finest intact as they gathered an early lead courtesy of Iwobi and managed possession.
Nonetheless in its build apart of extending their advantage, with Lucas Torreira seeing a shot beautifully saved by Koubek, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang furthermore checking out the Czech goalkeeper, they proved architects of their enjoy downfall in an 86-2nd spell.
Having already been booked for a terrifying on Hatem Ben Arfa, Greece defender Papastathopoulos foolishly tugged at Sarr’s shirt to bear his 2nd yellow card of the evening.
From the ensuing free-kick, Bourigeaud’s equaliser shifted the momentum of the sport within the hosts’ favour.
With attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan deployed as a makeshift proper-succor, Arsenal confronted one-formula traffic within the 2nd period.
Cech, who modified Bren Leno in goal for Emery’s side, produced a string of incredible saves, denying Adrien Hunou, Sarr and Ben Arfa twice with the rating at 1-1.
Nonetheless he used to be helpless to prevent Rennes’ 2nd of the night with the Arsenal defence clocking off to enable Zeffane to reach the ball before it flicked off Monreal into the cease nook.
And as Arsenal attempted to have a examine out the sport with completely a one-goal deficit, they carelessly lost possession to inflict extra harm on themselves.
James Lea Siliki escaped on the left and delivered the finest ball for an unmarked Sarr to head previous Cech at the succor post.
More to follow.