Down 3-1 after the first leg at Stade Rennais, the Gunners needed to score at least two goals at home to beat the French club and advance to the quarterfinals of the Europa League on aggregate.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said wearing a Black Panther mask after scoring a Europa League goal for Arsenal was a tribute to Gabon.
The striker gave his side a focal point for their attacks, and that proved its worth with both the first and third goals in the match. He then turned provider as the home side took the lead in the tie, when Ainsley Maitland-Niles headed home on the quarter hour mark.
"Playing under pressure is good".
A weak Ramsey attempt aside, which was aimed right at Koubek with the midfielder slightly off balance, Arsenal struggled to create any further clear-cut openings in a stop-start first half that contained a number of careless challenges. "The next match is the most important for us", Emery said.More news: Australian Man’s Life Saved When Cell Phone Stops Flying Arrow — Miracle Mobile
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However, Rennes will consider themselves hard done by in defeat.
After finding the back of the net in the 72nd minute and putting Arsenal up 3-0 against Rennes, Aubameyang broke out a "Wakanda Forever" salute while donning a Black Panther mask. Sead Kolasinac was aware of that danger, emphatically blocking the unsafe Sarr well, prompting one of the loudest cheers of the evening.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was a doubt before the game, has made it to the bench.
Arsenal have missed out on Champions League football for the last two seasons, and their poor away record remains a big concerns.
It did not matter in the end, though, as Rennes failed to find a way through at the other end.