Arsenal midfielder Torreira: Lacazette return important for Rennes clash

14 March, 2019, 15:52 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Rennes take a 3-1 first leg lead to the Emirates

Though an almighty arm wrestle for the top four awaits the Gunners in the Premier League, they must now turn their attention to the Europa League on Thursday.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he is relishing the hard task of attempting to overturn a two-goal deficit in their Europa League last-16 second leg against Rennes on Thursday.

Lucas Torreira has outlined his confidence that Arsenal have the firepower to overturn Rennes advantage in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The man that missed the penalty that day Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be boosted by the availability of strike partner Alexandre Lacazette.

Rennes are understandably perturbed that Lacazette should be suddenly made available halfway through the tie, and a month after the incident where he was shown a red card in the last round at Bate Borisov.

But it was reduced to two matches, which have already been played, earlier this week.

"We can play with two strikers, we can play with one", Emery said.

"Rennes are furious about this but rules are rules".

"This is huge Arsenal as it means we can go into the game with Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang".

Emery is looking to win the Europa League for a fourth time as a manager
Emery is looking to win the Europa League for a fourth time as a manager

Arsenal defeated in-form Manchester United 2-0 in their last home match and a repeat of that result would be enough to take them through against Rennes. We don't care about who is shooting the penalty, the most important thing is to score.

"With that being said, we do have confidence that we're going to give a very big performance tomorrow and go through to the next round".

"They're on the cusp of something wonderful, they're going to be nervous", Robbie added.

After the game, Leno revealed how Lingard's celebration provided the Gunners with motivation to get their own back against United.

"There are still eight games and we want to win every game but we have to focus on each one, because the other teams will wait for small mistakes".

The Armenian midfielder missed Sunday's league win over Manchester United with a back injury but trained on Wednesday.

Under Emery, Arsenal have picked up an impressive 41 points from their 16 home league games so far - their joint-third best return.

Maurizio Sarri's side are favourites to lift the Europa League in Baku on May 29 and there is a strong chance the Italian may meet his former club Napoli later in the competition as they also hold a 3-0 lead over Salzburg.

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