Rennes manager Julien Stephan has admitted it’s a surprise that Alex Lacazette will be available to face his team tomorrow night.
The French side come to the Emirates with a 3-1 lead from the first leg, but were expecting the Gunners to be without a key component in their attack – something which would have made their lives a bit easier.
However, this week UEFA reduced the three game suspension to two, meaning he can face the Ligue 1 outfit if selected.
Speaking ahead of the game, Stephan said, “The timing is rather surprising for everyone involved.
“We didn’t think he would be included up until yesterday evening. They have decided to reduce his sanction from three to two games and that is great for him.
“Now we are going to have to prepare with that in mind.”
It’s not the first odd decision surrounding this tie, as Rennes were supposed to play at home in the second leg, but this was changed shortly after the draw was made.
“The first thing that was a bit strange was changing the first and second leg,” continued the 38 year old .
“This is now the second thing that has happened that changes. Hopefully, there will not be any more surprises and the referee tomorrow will be great.”