Alex Iwobi had given Unai Emery’s side a dream start at Roazhon Park and only minutes before half-time they looked to be cruising towards a key win in their quest for European success.
But a sending-off for Sokratis Papastathopoulos trigged a comeback from the Ligue 1 hosts who netted a trio of goals without reply to win 3-1 .
The Gunners at least secured an emphatic return to winning ways at the weekend against Manchester United to vault themselves back into the top for of the Premier League, however and they will look to use that momentum to their advantage at the Emirates Stadium.
|Game||Arsenal vs Rennes|
|Date||Thursday, March 14|
|Time||8:00pm GMT / 4:00pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game will be broadcast on Galavision and can be streamed on the B/R Live service.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD and streamed on the BT Sport Live app.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 2/BT Sport 4K UHD||BT Sport Live|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Cech, Leno, Martinez|
|Defenders||Lichtsteiner, Mustafi,Jenkinson, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Monreal, Medley, Pleguezuelo, Mustafi|
|Midfielders||Elneny, Torreira Ramsey, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Willock|
|Forwards||Ozil, Iwobi, Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah, Suarez, Mkhitaryan|
Unai Emery has made two changes to the side which beat Manchester United at the weekend.
With Sokratis suspended, the Spaniard has selected Shkodran Mustafi from the off, while Petr Cech starts again Europe in place of Bernd Leno.
Potential Arsenal confirmed XI: Cech; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka Ramsey, Kolasinac; Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette
|Goalkeepers||Koubek, Badiashile, Gertmonas|
|Defenders||Gelin, Da Silva, Mexer, Nyamsi, Bensebani, Doumbia, Diallo, Traore, Zeffane|
|Midfielders||Bourigeaud, Grenier, Johansson, Janvier, Lauriente, Ben Arfa, Hunou, Andre|
|Forwards||Sarr, Del Castillo|
Julien Stephan has opted to bring Hamari Traore straight back into the side following his suspension last week.
The Rennes coach's only other change from the first leg is to select M'Baye Niang to start in place of Adrien Hunou.
Potential Rennes confirmed XI: Koubek; Traore, Da Silva, Mexer, Bensebani; Bourigeaud, Grenier, Andre, Sarr; Ben Arfa, Niang
Betting & Match Odds
Arsenal are heavy 3/10 favourites to win this match with bet365 . Rennes can be backed at 10/1, while the draw is priced at 5/1.
One week on from their Europa League first leg loss, Arsenal will look to rectify their unexpected defeat when they welcome Rennes to the Emirates Stadium with a two-goal disadvantage on Thursday.
Before this round, the Gunners were among the favourites left in the tournament to lift the trophy come May, but a surprise 3-1 win for the Ligue 1 outfit leaves the Premier League side with some recalibrations to do.
They were not helped by defender Sokratis earning himself a red card when 1-0 up in the first half, with the dismissal serving as a catalyst for Julien Stephan’s side to haul themselves off the canvas to deliver a major punch.
Arsenal will now need to dig deep in north London to ensure their place in the quarter-finals but will take heart from a return to winning ways at the weekend when they prevailed as 2-0 victors over Manchester United .
Unai Emery’s side ensured that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten domestic spell came to an end to give themselves a boost ahead of their continental crunch clash.
The Spaniard hailed the impact of the home support shown during their victory over the Red Devils too and stated his belief that a similar level of encouragement from the stands can help Arsenal push on to success on Thursda y.
"I'm very proud of our supporters, they pushed us a lot and this is a big result and they created a big atmosphere for our players,” Emery stated.
"For us it is very important that every supporter helps like they did today. Being competitive like today for 90 minutes can give us a stronger mentality. Our focus is the Europa League.
"That is a very important match after what happened away. I hope a lot of supporters come here and make the stadium full to create this atmosphere.”
Aaron Ramsey, who will depart for Juventus at the end of the season, also maintained that the side was something of a work in progres s under their current manager, in the wake of the Arsene Wenger era.
“We have had a new manager come in with new ideas and it has been a season of trying to adapt to certain things that he wants from us,” the Wales international stated.
“Sometimes it has come off and sometimes it hasn't - it is a working process.”