MX23RW : Wednesday, March 20 06:00:45
Mar 7, 2019 at 5.55pm UK at ​Route de Lorient
Attendance: 29,771
Rennes
3-1
Arsenal
Bourigeaud (42'), Monreal (65' og.), Sarr (88')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Iwobi (4')
Sokratis (41')

Unai Emery says Arsenal need to adapt after another red card costs them

Unai Emery says Arsenal need to adapt after another red card costs them
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The Gunners were beaten 3-1 in France.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery wants his players to learn how to operate with 10 men after another red card led to a Europa League defeat to Rennes.

The Gunners have had three players sent off in their last six matches, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos' dismissal at Roazhon Park playing a big part in Rennes recording a fine 3-1 win.

Alex Iwobi's third-minute cross-cum-shot had set the visitors off on the right path – only for things to go wrong once Sokratis picked up two bookings in a seven-minute spell.

Arsenal were well beaten in Rennes despite Alex Iwobi's early goal
Arsenal were well beaten in Rennes despite Alex Iwobi's early goal (David Vincent/AP)

Rennes drew level immediately after the dismissal as Benjamin Bourigeaud produced a stunning effort before the Ligue 1 outfit dominated the second half and a Nacho Monreal own goal and a late Ismaila Sarr header secured a deserved first-leg lead.

Arsenal now have it all to do in next week's second leg if they are to progress to the quarter-finals and Emery felt the sending-off changed the game more than his side should have allowed it to.

"I think we changed more than we want, but a red card can come," he said.

  1. Alexandre Lacazette v BATE Borisov - February 14
  2. Lucas Torreira v Tottenham - March 2
  3. Sokratis Papastathopoulos v Rennes - March 7

Arsenal had Lucas Torreira sent off in Saturday's north London derby draw with Tottenham and Alexandre Lacazette missed the Rennes game after he was dismissed in the previous round against BATE Borisov."Two yellow cards and it's the referee's decision. After, I think we must learn to play – when it's coming like today – with one less player on the pitch.

"Not a good experience today, because we couldn't do our work in difficult moments, in difficult minutes, with one less player, like we wanted. I think we can do better."

Both Lacazette and Sokratis will now miss the second leg but Emery does not believe there is a discipline issue in his squad.

When the question was put to him, he replied "No" before adding "We can analyse these three red cards individually."

Despite the defeat, Emery has backed his side to turn things around next week and secure a place in the last eight.

"I am positive in the first 40 minutes because I think, with respect to them, we imposed our gameplay in these moments," he said.

"We can maybe score a second goal because we deserved to, but after it is really very different in the match.

"But we are going to think, for the next week, we are going to start 11 against 11, without Sokratis and without Lacazette, but we have players.

"Like the first 40 minutes, we can do it with our supporters also, to have the possibility to come back.

"But we know this result is not good. It is bad and it is going to be tough for us. But we need to focus and with our players, there is a possibility to come back."


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