- Arsenal lost to Rennes in the first leg of the Europa League Round of 16
- The Premier League side now face an uphill task of overturning Rennes' 3-1 goal advantage in the second leg at the Emirates
- The Gunners played 10 men for the better part of the fixture after Sokratis was sent off in the 41st minute
Arsenal's hopes of lifting a title this season were dented on Thursday evening, March 7, after suffering a 3-1 embarrassing defeat to the French side, Rennes, in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16.
During the Thursday clash played at Roazhon Park, the Premier League side started the match brightly, with Alex Iwobi opening the scoring for the visitors within four minutes of gameplay.
However, they failed to safeguard the lead as the hosts restored parity just three minutes before the break via Bourigeaud, who capitalised on Arsenal's squad depletion following Sokratis' red card moments earlier.
Upon the resumption of the second half, Emery was forced to make tactical substitutions, with Matteo Guendouzi coming on for Iwobi in the 52nd minute.
That, however, did not deter Rennes from mounting more pressure as they doubled the lead in the 65th minute thanks to Nacho Monreal's own-goal.
Julien Stephane's men went on to make it 3-1 via Ismaila Sarr in the 88th minute to put the game beyond the Gunners.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Gunners now face an uphill task of overturning Rennes' goal advantage in the second leg as they seek to qualify for the quarterfinals.
The Europa League is the only realistic campaign that would see Unai Emery lift a silverware in his first season as Arsenal manager.
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