Arsenal Turn Rennes Tie Around to Advance to Europa League Quarters

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal beat Rennes 3-0 to reach the Europa League quarter-finals

Arsenal are fourth in the Premier League table, holding the final Champions League qualification place, although triumphing in the Europa League offers another potential route back into the continent's elite.

With Spain lacking their usual dominating presence in the latter stages of UEFA's two premier club competitions, few domestic advocates will have been too overjoyed with Villarreal and Valencia being drawn together in the Europa League quarter-final.

Arsenal made the ideal start after Maitland-Niles played the ball into Aaron Ramsey who squared for Aubameyang to slot home from close range to put the Gunners 1-0 ahead after only three minutes. "So, for me, it will be very hard to play against them in Naples".

Despite going up 2 goals early, the match was never truly secure for Arsenal, who are always prone to defensive mistakes.

Unai Emery will not care though and he said after the game that he is "proud" of his players.

'It was hard for us because we had to play with 10 men for about 50 minutes of that first game as well.

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"I missed us being a bit more controlled with the ball, but they left a lot of attacking players in the final third which gave us space to attack them".

'It's really important, obviously it's always very hard when you lose the first game, ' he replied when asked how key a positive result will be in the first leg next time round.

"It has given us a big confidence on Sunday against Manchester United and today, the same I think with this performance and victory".

"The Champions League and Europa League have different moments, sometimes Spanish clubs, English clubs [do well]". Although they have no more top-six teams to face in the Premier League this season, they play more away than home fixtures.

With domestic football about to shut down for the worldwide break, Arsenal are not due to be in action again until playing host to Newcastle on April 1.

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