Arsenal will look to overturn a daunting 3-1 first leg deficit when they host Rennes in the second half of their Europa League last 16 tie at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening, but there is mixed team news ahead of the contest, according to their official website.

It was something of a night to forget for the Gunners in France last week, as they allowed their opponents to get away from them, and it will take something special in London if they are to remain in the competition beyond this game.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has a good record in this tournament, but his side are going to have to win by two clear goals in this second leg, if they are to maintain that for the Spaniard.

He will be assisted by the news that Gunners forward Alexandre Lacazette has been given permission to play in the match however. The Frenchman was originally due to be suspended for the contest, but UEFA dropped his three game ban down to two on appeal meaning he can feature on Thursday evening.

Emery will be less sure about Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan however. The Armenia international is believed to be suffering from a mild back strain and is being assessed ahead of the clash.

The Gunners boss will be without defender Sokratis, who serves his suspension after his red card in France last week, while Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck remain on the sidelines with their long-term injuries.

If Arsenal are to turn this tie around they may have to take some risks at times, so it will be interesting to see if they have the defensive ability to keep their French opponents at bay, while going in search of the two goals which would see them through on the away goals ruling.


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