Arsenal must overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit at the Emirates if they’re to progress into the Europa League quarter-finals.
Sokratis Papastathopolous saw red for the Gunners who had led at Rennes, before succumbing to three goals without reply.
Much to the surprise of many, Unai Emery rolled out a very strong XI for the match at the Rahzon Stadium. The Arsenal manager seemingly unfazed by Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.
And it all started so well for the north Londoners- Alex Iwobi’s early cross-shot had put Arsenal in front but they lost control of the game after Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ first-half dismissal for a second booking.
Rennes equalised moments later, before a Nacho Monreal own goal and a late header by Ismaila Sarr’s made it a famous night for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Both Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were replaced midway through the second-half on a disappointing night for the Gunners.
They progressed with a 3-0 win at home to BATE Borisov in the last round. A 2-0 win at the Emirates will see them through this time around.