UEL R16 1st Leg: Rennes v Arsenal | March 7, 2019 17:55 GMT | BT Sport

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Match Prediction

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  1. Arsenal Win

  2. Score Draw

  3. 0-0

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  4. Rennes Win

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  1. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator


    • Sides have never met in UEFA competition
    • Čech played for Rennes from 2002–2004
    • Rennes' sole previous experience of English opposition is a 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup semi-final against Aston Villa that they lost on away goals (2-1 home, 0-1 away).
    • In contrast this is Arsenal's 25th UEFA fixture against opponents from France, and they have never lost any of the 12 away matches, winning eight. Indeed, they were on a seven-match winning streak until their most recent encounter, a 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage.

    Team News:
    Lacazette suspended

    Possible Lineup:
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  2. say yes

    say yes Thread Title Abuser

    Would rotate heavily for this. United game is crucial and they’re going to have an extra day’s rest.

    Would probably play some kind of 352 formation with Suarez and Özil behind Aubameyang.
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  3. krackpot

    krackpot Established Member Trusted

    Voted for a win without hesitation because @American_Gooner started the match thread.
  4. lamby22

    lamby22 It's Not Lupus

    Would be tempted to rest Mkhi for this game - but it might interrupt his run of good form. With the Utd game in mind I'd think about resting one of the centre backs but that would mean Mustafi.
  5. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Comes On Here To Get Fat Shamed Trusted

    Completely agree about rotating pretty heavily tbh. If we go and beat United we're back in front on the top 4 race and don't really have to worry about needing others to drop points.

    While our remaining fixtures might not be 'easy' they are all definitely winnable.

    I hope we in this. Going for a 1-0 with a really boring and very slow game.
  6. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    Wanna see Jenks instead of Lichtsteiner
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  7. field442

    field442 Hates Journalists Named James Trusted

    I expect Mkhi, Xhaka, and Kos to be rested from the players included in that lineup. Monreal will probably be rested with the Utd game in mind as well. We'll still have a strong lineup without those 4 in any case.
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  8. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    Seems like there's gonna be a hell of an atmosphere
  9. say yes

    say yes Thread Title Abuser

    I’d play something like this:

    —————— Aubameyang ———————
    —————Özil* ———-- Suarez —————
    Kolasinac** - Torreira - Elneny - Jenkinson
    ——— Koscielny - Sokratis - Mustafi ———
    ————————— Cech —————————

    * Ramsey instead if Emery wants to start Özil vs. United.
    ** Monreal instead if Emery wants to start Kola vs. United.

    Would enable us to start the same front 6 we used against Sp**s fully rested against United.

    Although a back 4 might be better because it means we can rest Koscielny.
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  10. Mark Tobias

    Mark Tobias Mr. Agreeable

    o_OWhere are the cameras? Is this a reality prank show?
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  11. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    Iwobi - Özil - Mkhi
    Douzi - Torreira
    Kolasinac - Kosc - Sokratis - AMN
  12. krackpot

    krackpot Established Member Trusted

    Where are you hiding the hallucinogens?

    Emery would never do this, even though I want him to
  13. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Got Swerved By Gallas Trusted

    I’d rather keep Özil and Ramsey fresh for Sunday but it’s not going to happen.

    Also hope Jenkinson plays again, I’d want AMN at right back against Utd as well.
  14. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Many Men Wish Death Upon Me

    Hoping for Nketiah to start here!
  15. Vinci

    Vinci The Sultan of Unai

    Think Kos could do with a rest, played a lot since returning from injury and picked up a few knocks here and there lately.

    Emery might just play for the draw again and then finish the job at home, which would be fine with the game against United being a crucial one.

    Suarez Ramsey Özil
    Xhaka Torreira
    Kolasinac Sokratis Mustafi Lichtsteiner
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  16. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    The only reason we should rotate is fatigue, and the only player who falls into that category is Kos. The UL is still our best chance of getting CL next season, we have to aim to win this away leg, don't mess around playing for a draw, just win it by as much as possible. I know Laca cant play this so he will get a rest anyway. Having said that, Laca & Auba have both been rested recently and it hasn't done either of them any favours. If a player is playing well ie Mhki, keep them playing, don't rest them.
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  17. Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility

    Ozil'sCloakOfInvisibility Not a Closet Spurs Fan

    I feel if we hadn't fvcked up against BATE Emery would have rotated quite a bit for this. Might be too wary now
  18. Taylor Gang Gunners

    Taylor Gang Gunners Say Yeh or You're Making The List Trusted

    Rennes have progressed beyond the group stages and the last 32 for a reason- we can’t take them too lightly.

    Yes, it’s a team we should be beating comfortably, but **** me, so was BATE :lol:. Go with a strong team, and if we’re able to get the job done in good time, save some legs.

    I’d go;

    Lich Kos Sok Nacho
    Torreira Xhaka
    Iwobi Özil Mkhitaryan

    Lacazette can’t play this and will presumably start on Sunday, as will Ramsey who could exploit McTominay who’s absolutely awful. Torreira will be suspended for Sunday and he strikes me as the time to want to make amends with a stellar display.

    Give Mkhi an hour and replace him with Suarez. Same with Xhaka- replace him with Guendouzi. That way the lads will be fresh whilst having the opportunity to continue their good form.

    Would love a clean sheet and with the Kos and Sok connection, it’s very much possible. Cech worries me- he could well slap one in but let’s hope he doesn’t face too many shots.

    Big game, lets try kill it in the first leg.

  19. Mo Britain

    Mo Britain Doom Monger

    It's simple: if we put our first XI out for this game we won't win on Sunday for sure and the CL probably drifts away from us. All we need is to keep this tie alive for the home leg and win it there.

    Emery should be able to leave half a dozen starters out of the line-up and still get a result there but he's not going to so it's win the Europa League or no CL next year.
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  20. ClubLevel

    ClubLevel Well-Known Member

    Lets not forget that United have injury worries of their own and because they are stubborn and 'United' they will think they can go to Paris and win so will field the strongest possible line up there which may work in our favour.
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