Unai Emery Blamed For Rennes Defeat

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has faulted Gunners boss Unai Emery for his tactics after his team suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss to French club Rennes in the first leg of their last 16 tie in the Europa League.

Martin Keown via the Daily Mirror blamed the tactics employed by the Arsenal manager.

The Arsenal legend was at a loss on why Unai Emery removed striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with defender Sead Kolasinac replacing him in the second half of the aforementioned game played at Roazhon Park in Rennes.

The Gunners were 2-1 down at that point in addition to having a man short due to the dismissal of Greek defender Sokratis Papasthathopoulos.

Ex-Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis was sent off in the first half after two yellow cards.

Arsenal were leading 1-0 at that point following the early goal from Alex Iwobi who’s having his most productive campaign for the Gunners.

It was the Super Eagles player’s fifth goal for Arsenal in all competitions.

His goal proved to be mere consolation for Arsenal who collapsed immediately after the sending off of Sokratis.

Benjamin Bourigeaud scored a first half equaliser for the hosts from the freekick that led to Sokratis’ second yellow card and early dismissal before two second half goals from Nacho Monreal (own goal) and Ismaila Sarr condemned Arsenal to a 3-1 defeat ahead of the second leg next week.

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