North London giants Arsenal received a big boost ahead of their all-important second leg clash with French club Rennes in the Europa League following the news that one of their key players will be available for the game.
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette was initially suspended for the second leg but Europe’s governing body, UEFA, has overturned their verdict upon appeal from the Gunners.
The French international will now be available for the Gunners’ home clash with Rennes at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.
Lacazette picked up a red card in the first leg of the Gunners’ last 32 tie with Belarusian side BATE Borisov.
The Belarusians won the first leg 1-0 but Arsenal were able to overturn that deficit without Lacazette in the second leg via a 3-0 win.
Arsenal secured a last 16 spot via a 3-1 win on aggregate.
Alexandre Lacazette was then given an additional two-match ban for his red card.
He served the first of the two additional games in the first leg against Rennes which the French side won 3-1 after coming from a goal down against 10-man Arsenal.
Lacazette was expected to serve his final suspension in the second leg but the ex-Lyon captain has been granted reprieve by UEFA meaning that he’ll be able to feature for his club against Rennes on Thursday.
Arsenal have to score at least two unreplied goals to progress into the quarterfinals of the competition.