Rennes manager Julian Stephan is confident that forward Hatem Ben Arfa will handle his reunion with Arsenal boss Unai Emery in a matured manner.
Ben Arfa will reunite with Unai Emery for the first time since the French international was frozen out of the team by Unai Emery while he was in charge of French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
Hatem Ben Arfa has been able to resurrect his career at French Ligue 1 club Rennes following his disappointing spell at PSG.
The former Newcastle United player has scored five goals in 18 league appearances in the French top flight this season in addition to two goals in the Europa League.
Rennes manager Julian Stephan talked about Ben Arfa during his pre-match thoughts ahead of the game with Arsenal in the Europa League.
Stephan is already a hero at Rennes after he masterminded their run to the last 16 of a European competition for the first time in their history.
He would be hoping that his team can get one over a confident Arsenal side.
The Gunners would start the tie as massive favourites against Rennes who stunned Spanish La Liga club Real Betis in their last 32 ties.
Arsenal saw off BATE Borisov in their own last 32 ties.