[VIDEO] Rennes 3-1 Arsenal: Iwobi’s Goal Not Enough As Arsenal Lose In Europa League | Highlights #RENARS


It was a bad day in office for Arsenal as the gunners were beaten 3-1 in the first leg of their last 16 tie of the Europa League against Rennes.

Despite going ahead courtesy of an early goal scored by Iwobi, Arsenal were the architect of their own misfortune, first with Sokratis Papastathopoulos getting sent off.

Matters were made worse when Nacho Monreal turned the ball into his net to give Rennes the lead in the second half.

Arsenal couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the game when Alex Iwobi’s cut into the left side of the area and saw an apparent low cross curl in off the right-hand post.

Sokratis however allowed Rennes back into the game when he cynically hauled Sarr down when seemingly through on goal to earn a second booking in the space of seven minutes.

Bourigeaud brilliantly found the top-right corner with a stinging half-volley when the subsequent free-kick from Sokratis’ foul came back off the wall.

Rennes stepped things up after the break and crafted a string of chances – Petr Cech denying goal-bound efforts from Bourigeaud and Sarr.

Cech was helpless in the 65th minute, however, as Mehdi Zeffane’s cross took a wicked touch off Monreal and squeezed inside the near post.

Sarr finished Arsenal off two minutes from time, meeting substitute James Lea Siliki’s sublime cross at the back post with a fine diving header.

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