Saturday’s north London derby draw against Tottenham at Wembley saw Arsenal slip out of the Premier League top four,
with Manchester United taking the place of the Gunners in the Champions League qualification spots.
Arsenal host United on Sunday in a game which could go a long way to deciding their top four fate,
but first they must travel to France to take on Rennes in the first leg of their last-16 tie.
Arsenal will be without Alexandre Lacazette when they face Rennes in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash on Thursday (kick-off 5.55pm GMT).
The striker is suspended for both legs after being sent off in the last round against BATE Borisov.
His absence is likely to mean Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts in France,
having been on the bench for the north London derby on Saturday.
Aubameyang came on as a substitute against Tottenham and saw a late penalty saved as the match finished 1-1.
Arsenal’s next Premier League match is against top-four rivals Manchester United on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
Rennes are 10th in Ligue 1 and should be well rested after their Ligue 1 game at the weekend was postponed to allow them to prepare for the Europa League.
Team News of Rennes vs Arsenal
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is hoping to mastermind a victory in the club’s Europa League last-16 first-leg clash against Rennes on Thursday night
and claims a busy fixture schedule will not be an excuse if they fail to meet their objectives.
The Gunners’ trip to Brittany in northwest France is sandwiched between a hard-fought north London derby draw against Tottenham at Wembley and a Premier League battle
with Manchester United that could prove pivotal in the crowded race for a top-four finish.
Alexandre Lacazette remains suspended in Europe, so Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should lead the line.
With Lucas Torreira suspended domestically, the midfielder will likely start in the centre.
Hector Bellerin (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Rob Holding (knee) remain out of contention.
Rennes (4-4-2): Koubek; Zeffane, Da Silva, Mexer, Bensebaini; Bourigeaud, Andre, Grenier, Sarr; Ben Arfa, Hunou
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech; Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi; Aubameyang
Score prediction: Rennes 1-2 Arsenal
TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 3.
BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
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The two clubs have yet to face each other in an official Uefa competition.