Date: 13th March 2019 at 6:33am
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Patrick Vieira has revealed he will be cheering on Rennes when Arsenal meet the Ligue 1 outfit at the Emirates on Thursday night.

The Gunners must overturn a 3-1 deficit if they are to progress into the Europa League quarter-final stage.

Unai Emery’s side were 1-0 up in France, before a first half red card for Sokratis changed the game as a late Ismaila Sarr header ensured they now risk being dumped out of the competition.

Gunners ‘Invincible’ Vieira, who spent nine years at the Emirates currently manages Nice. The 42 year-old revealed he wants their Ligue 1 rivals Rennes to extend their dramatic European journey

Vieira said: “I have not seen the games (Rennes vs Arsenal) but the result didn’t surprise me.

And added: “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.”

That might disappoint Arsenal fans, but the good news of the day is that the club has been successful in their appeal against Alexandre Lacazette and the striker will be available for Thursday’s clash.

Vieira will be hoping his compatriot fails to add to his 17 goals this season.