Report: Rennes 3-1 Arsenal (inc goals)

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Arsenal: Cech, Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Iwobi.

Subs: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Suarez, Ramsey, Nketiah

Arsenal face an uphill task to stay in Europe after 3-1 win defeat to Rennes in the Europa League this evening, which also saw Sokratis sent off and thus suspended for the second leg.

Unai Emery made three changes from the side which drew 1-1 with Sp*rs last weekend Petr Cech, Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came in for Bernd Leno, Matteo Guendouzi, Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette.

The Gunners got off to the perfect start, going ahead in the 4th minute through Alex Iwobi. The ball was worked it down the left, Monreal fed the Nigerian who stepped into the box and put in a low cross which evaded everyone and crept in at the far post. 0-1.

Iwobi then turned provider, creating a good chance for Torreira to which the keeper was equal, while the home side looked for an equaliser from a 35 yard free kick which sailed over the bar. Grenier shot wide after Koscielny defended a free kick, and Iwobi saw a good cross palmed away after a great Ozil pass.

Arsenal worked a lovely free kick in the 30th minute with Ozil and Monreal then pulling the ball back, it fell for Mustafi in the box and he drilled a low shot not far wide of the far post.

Sokratis picked up a yellow card for a foul on Ben Arfa which presented the Ligue 1 outfit with a free kick just outside the D, and the former PSG man forced a good save from Cech to deny him the equaliser. Hunou then shot over the bar, Bourigeaud was booked for a foul on Torreira who was taking quite a kicking from the home side, and Koscielny’s defending prevented Ben Arfa a sight of goal when he beat two men in our box.

The game took a turn in the 41st minute though, when Sokratis was booked again – harshly as replays showed – and sent off for a foul on Sarr. It presented Rennes with a free kick just outside the box, Bourigeaud took it, it hit the wall, rebounded to him and he smashed it into the top corner to make it 1-1.

There was a chance to respond quickly when Ozil found space in the box and then found Aubameyang, but not for the first time the striker’s touch was poor and he was dispossessed, and then Mkhitaryan fired over.

It was a half which left Unai Emery with plenty to ponder at the break and needing to bring on a defender to fill the gap left by Sokratis, the manager surprisingly stuck with the makeshift solution he ended the first period with and kept Mkhitaryan at right-back.

Bourigeaud curled a cross-shot just wide as Rennes dominated with the extra man, and the goalscorer had a great sight of goal but could only fire his shot straight at Cech from the penalty spot. It prompted Emery into a 52nd minute change, bringing on Guendouzi for Iwobi, but French side remained dangerous.

Sarr got down their right, drove beyond Monreal, and his low cross deflected away off Koscielny with players scrambling around our box. Bourigeaud and Sarr both tested Cech as they took advantage of the extra man, and the winger went down in our box looking for a penalty but the referee and his assistant waved the claims away.

Xhaka got booked for a foul which presented Ben Arfa with another free kick chance, but once more Cech was equal to his goalbound effort. More last ditch defending was required to stop Ben Arfa’s danger and eventually the pressure told and Rennes went ahead. A poor shot fell for the right back, we were too slow to close him down, the cross came in, deflected off Monreal and looped over Cech. 2-1.

We tried to respond, Ozil shooting at the keeper with his right foot after being set up by Xhaka. Cech had to make another save from Ben Arfa before Ramsey replaced Ozil in the 69th minute, and by the 71st minute the home side had had 17 attempts on goal – 13 of them after the red card.

Emery made his final change when Kolasinac replaced the ineffective Aubameyang in the 79th minute. The striker didn’t look happy but his performance didn’t merit much else. Xhaka gave away another free kick and was perhaps lucky to avoid a second yellow, and as the game headed towards the 90th minute the task for the second leg was made even more difficult when they scored again.

Arsenal lost the ball down on our left, Rennes switched it and broke down their left hand side, a cross from deep found Sarr unmarked at the back post and he planted a header beyond Cech. 3-1.

It leaves the Gunners with a lot to do in the second leg.

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Jack
Jack

How Sokratis can give a MOTM performance four days and then today turn into Mustafi in disguise really is beyond me.

Big up Mkhi though. Even at RB the guy was fully committed throughout.

Horrible game, just horrible.

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

He went full Mustafi

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Seems like that’s a thing now

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

Always was. Had to shake it up to protect people’s feelings.

A Different George
A Different George

Ironically (overused word) Mustafi was very good today–one bad pass, but it came from exhaustion when everyone was doing that. Kind of weird when you concede three to Rennes that Cech, Koscielny, and Mustafi played well.

Santori
Santori

Exactly.

Some people need to pull their heads put 9f rheir arse.

Mustafi did not cost us at BHA, Soton away or West Ham.

Certainly did well today.

This isn’t the first time Sokratis has taken undue risk.

They are all guilty of it.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Definitely right that they are all guilty. Mustafi is just the worst and is shit. He had a decent game today and that proves what exactly?
Stop trying to use theses examples to prove that Mustafi, Xhaxa and whoever else you think the fans go after have not been mostly shit since they arrived. Some players like Monreal have actually had good SEASONS, not a decent game here and there.

Bas
Bas

StatDNA buys

Santori
Santori

He went full Sokratis.

Mustafi didn’t do anything wrong. He got up from two hard challenges. Almost scored.

Sokratis again practising Greco-Roman wrestling in the box.

Rostock Gooner
Rostock Gooner

Although I didn’t see the game: I fully agree.
Don’t get me wrong, most of the time Sokratis is a decend CB.

But how many times did he give away a needless freekick that did cost us already? He really needs to stop doing that.

(I’m not talking about the second booking – this was a really shitty call from the ref)

Aaron
Aaron

Stinker from the while team but the tie is not beyond us. More than Sokratis, I thought Monreal had a very poor game. Got roasted all night by that guy Saha, scored an own goal and threw some inexplicable tantrum towards the end which resulted in their third.

Hope we turn it around against United and beat Rennes a week from now. COYG.

Santori
Santori

As I’ve mentioned many times, some players are bigged up for more than they are.

Others get undue over criticism.

Monreal has been caught before too high up field and out of position.

It’s not the first time by Amy stretch of the imagination except in some people’s minds

Legrande
Legrande

Your optimism amazes me. Blind loyalty and false pretense takes us nowhere. Lets call.out the underachievers and make thwm sit up.

Adrian
Adrian

We can still win at home and qualify but
1. f*** FA, 5 matches in 15 days (I know other PL teams are playing same but still)
2. Why take Iwobi out when he was the best threat going forward?
3. Papa and Laca out for next match

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

You are joking aren’t you? There was nothing wrong with Soks performance other than the cheating bastards were mugging off the ref!
Oh and Mhiki was back to his worse, blazing over when he should have done a lot better. What was Emery thinking moving him to RB? Ben Arfa was going past him like he wasn’t there!
Auba’s performance was the worse I seen from him, hangover from the penalty miss?

Pissed off!

Santori
Santori

He had Koscielny covering. We need to be more cynical.

Anything in the box has to be handled with white gloves these days, not like a bull in the China shop.

It will and has cost us..again.

Maul Person
Maul Person

Neither card should have been given. Ref was poor.

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

The first one, yes. The second, no way. Sarr hooked Sokratis’ arm and fell.

Santori
Santori

We should expect poor reffing.

And we need to adjust to that or we will keep being punished.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

That second yellow was a joke. The guy elbowed him and he got sent off. Hardly to blame for that one and until then he had a pretty solid game.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

Are people seriously gonna hang Sokratis out to dry? The first two challenges were ambiguous but the third was a blatant dive. At most he deserved a single yellow. The only person on the pitch that screwed us was the ref, again.

Last night the officials were desperately trying to give United a route back, and low and behold they eventually found something using VAR. Tonight the fans made the ref rethink so many times that after 20mins all he did was go off their reaction.
Sarr put his hand on Sokratis, who in response brushed it off, Sarr then took a step and somehow was hit by an invisible-to-the-eye transdimensional asteroid that left no crater with Sokratis 2yards behind him. Then the turds at BT once again ignored the reality of it all to continue the ever evolving anti-Arsenal bias. A friggin’ double eye donor could see Papa didn’t reach (inappropriately placed pun intended). I’m normally a fan of Keown but he’s becoming another media ‘Yes-man’ so he can get his nasty little media cheque, stayed quiet whilst Mickey ‘I luv choppers’ Owen followed the BT script.

At the weekend we got screwed over on decisions for the enemy’s goal, Sanchez’s stamp, Rose’s atrociously dangerous stoods up challenge on Leno (which the BT goons claimed “he had to go for it… you can understand why”), and then got robbed with Torreira’s far less malicious challenge (which handily rules him out of the crucial United game…).
I love Aubameyang but in the second half we needed Lacazette… but we’re missing him because he reacted to a game’s worth of cynical fouls the referee decided to turn a blind eye on. He was kicked and battered all game, a reaction was inevitable!

I’m sorry guys, I’m not normally so doom and gloom but it’s getting to a point where we know almost all the media are desperate to shit on us, and whether it’s intentional or not both the FA and UEFA are repeatedly shafting us by allowing such repeatedly questionable officiating to take place in our games, and yet they constantly give our rivals the benefit of the doubt.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

I’m looking forward to VAR in the PL, I’m 95% certain we’ll be 10points a season better off, then we’ll have the pleasure of muted (or neutered, whatever) contributions from Owen, Savage and all the other PL past underachievers.

MadMaxie
MadMaxie

Agreed. What’s the point of VAR if you dont use it? Definitely not a second yellow. How do United always get the rub and we always get the shit?

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

You forgot the fact that Vertonghen was at least 5 Meters in the box when Auba took the pen and he was the guy who cleared the rebound. Something he wouldn’t have had a chance to, if he hadn’t started way to early. We’re really not having a good time in terms of decisions.
But today it was more than that. Emery’s decisions were poor and almost to a man the players were poor too. Xhaka had one of these days were he created a handful of chances for the opponent, Torreira is really far away from his best at the moment. Auba has probably his worst game in an arsenal shirt. Nacho looked completely out of pace. Mesut had 1-2 good passes but was anonymous for most of the game. Guendouzi got dispossessed way too often. I could keep going. Still everything in our hands for the second leg but boy that was horrible.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

@Berlingoon
You’re totally right, I didn’t even mention Vertonghen, that was another example of woeful officiating.
But must confess, I thought we were doing fine before the sending off, I honestly don’t think we were bad. It’s still fledgling times and we know it takes us a while to get into the game (not justifying that, just simply drawing attention to it). Had we not had Sokratis sent off I reckon we would have really taken them to town in the second half (0-3 easy), Ben Arfa was annonimous until the red, and the rest looked lost on the big stage.
Emery is a tactician, most of his best management decisions come after the restart, and it’s nice to see. But admittedly when an early injury/sending off changes the dynamics it appears his whole game plan dissipates. This is something that will improve, he’s not currently working with a group of players he’d necessarily have chosen himself. If the board backs him enough to build ‘his’ team we could see a real improvement… if…

berlingoon
berlingoon

We’ve played ok until the red card although Rennes have been building momentum prior to that already. But even if the red card was harsh – which it was – and even if Emery’s decisions didn’t help at all – which they don’t – the way we played the second half was embarrassing. No player was able to slow the game down a bit, take control, bring a bit of structure to our game or anything. We looked like 9 headless chickens.

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

@Berlingoon
Yup, it was worrisome how much we capitulated. Regardless of whatever anyone says we had a team of Premier League starters out there, regardless of who was in the dug out there’s little excuse as to how they all seemingly forgot how to play professional football. We still lack a few headstrong players, one’s who can control a game and those around them. I know they were struggling in their later seasons but we do miss someone with Mertesacker/Arteta’s ability to reign the team back in, focus on damage limitations, and if the opportunity sparks, find a counter. The players (Ozil, Aub, Mkhi in particular) have all the right traits to spring a devastating counter-attack, it just feels like there’s nobody on the pitch who will push them into it. I think Unai wants that, but he’s still too cautious to demand it.
Hopefully we’ll finish the season strong 🙂

Dastardlydick
Dastardlydick

You could see that the Rennes players were going to fall over at every opportunity and perform some ‘B movie’ acting to exaggerate the perceived offence. And that’s why Sokratis was living very dangerously. Sure, that was a harsh sending off but the ref was playing a homer and you have to be smarter. Don’t give the ref the opportunity!

DB's first touch
DB's first touch

and what about Auba being incorrectly called for offside while clean through on goal before the red card…surely Auba would have made it 2-0 for the Arsenal, made the game safe and two away goals would have been handy…

Vonnie
Vonnie

Couldn’t agree more, it’s no coincidence that while we were being shafted by the refs in the nld, Southampton were being denied a penalty against yanited. I just hope that when VAR is eventually implemented they don’t manage to manipulate it, remember we are the only team to have goal line technology overruled because they didn’t replay the bit when the ball went over the line but disallowed a good goal because they adjudged the system to have failed. I don’t trust any of the bastards.

SB Still
SB Still

Some guys have all the luck and that’s ManU! We barely ever.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

The hit-and-miss performances are a clear indication that we don’t have a good squad.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Normally I wouldn’t agree with you and I’m only partly agreeing because partly you are right. I see our inconsistency as part of the evolution process that is taking place with a new coach who has been with us a mere 7 months give or take.

Some of our players have what it takes to play the way Emery wants and some don’t. That doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t good players but they don’t seem to be able to play well enough on a regular basis to make us fans feel comfortable and give Emery the results he deserves.

goonshow
goonshow

Watch the replay of the ‘2nd yellow’ in super slow-mo… the FIRST contact is their striker hooking his elbow into Sok’s face in order to get half a stride ahead of him. Sok then peels off immediately after being struck and the striker’s offending elbow – BECAUSE he’s had it in Sok’s face (!) gets slightly (ever so slightly) hooked as Sok spins away.
But that has NO bearing on him falling as he then takes two full strides before realising he’s pushed the ball too far ahead and then miraculously throws up his arms and himself to the ground. Freeze frame it in slomo and scroll – it is pathetically theatrical and -crucially – at the point he decides to go to ground, Sok is almost a full metre behind him!

Muppet ref

Hantal
Hantal

Poor from the team and manager tonight. All three substitutions were poor and the players were sloppy and undisciplined

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

That’s the Arsenal we all know and love

Maniac

Just when I thought we were hitting a decent run of form we cook up this steaming hot turd of a performance. Classic Arsenal.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

It’s what we do

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

That’s the thing about Arsenal

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Isn’t it why we love them? Who wants to support a team that wins all the time?
On a serious note this result is disappointing but not totally unexpected. Rennes beat Everton 4-1 in preseason. Also if you watched them dispatch Real Betis they were always going to be challenging opponents. Now we need an Emery masterclass in the home Leg and some of our players need to grow a pair.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

It was 1-1 away and we were down to ten men. He could have played with a back 3 of Mustafi, Koscielny and Monreal and Kolasinac and Maitland Niles as wing backs. He could have played Mustafi as right back, Kosc and Nacho in central defense and Kolasinac as left back. Instead he played Mikhitaryan as right back for 50 minutes although it was plain to see that this won’t work at halftime. He kept Özil on until the 70th minute although is was obvious that with one man down and away from home this won’t be a game for Mesut. And he then brought on Kolasinac but not to release Mkhitaryan again who was our best offensive outlet in the last weeks and after Iwobi went off the only player who was able to create something from the wing but to play a 4-3–2 with Mkhitaryan as right back, Ramsey as number 10 and Kolasinac as left winger without having a striker on. I really like a lot about Emery but on such days I really wonder what is going on in his head. What was the plan for any of the substitutions? Don’t get it. Just odd.

DB's first touch
DB's first touch

Totally agreed on Emery not making the smart defensive subs, and all the combinations/possibilities you list above were obvious to everyone but Emery. It was obvious that Saar had too much pace for Monreal in a wide open game like today, and Kolasinac should at the very least have been sent on to protect Monreal, instead Kolasinac was playing striker along side Ramsey and switching wing.

Finally, anyone else notice how Ramsey was busting his arse off to get back on the third goal (almost got there in time too) running past all the other Arsenal players jogging back (Guendouzi included)…pissed me off that they couldn’t be arsed to put in the effort and a player that is leaving us still seems to care more about the club.

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Still trying to understand why sub Kola on, especially after the 3rd goal.

I’ll get down voted, but I’m tired of Ozil – he’s so fucking inconstant: world class to a ghost playmaker in a matter of days.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Mesut made some excellent through balls which Auba should have been able to do something with, but he didn’t because he’s badly off form. He looks like he could do with a couple of games on the bench but with Danny injured and Laca suspended for the next game we have no option but to keep playing him and hope he comes right.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Could you do better? It’s easy to sit on your sofa or your soapbox and criticise but looking at the team he put out it was more than capable of beating a team that is equivalent to the two teams we beat recently.
Hideous green strip aside, our mentality away from home is still very shaky. Also consider that some of the substitutions may have been made with Sunday in mind and after tonight’s result that game is now bigger than ever.

H2k
H2k

Those yellows were ‘soft’ but I can certainly see why they were given. What annoys me is that no other ‘soft’ yellows were given. VAR will not help with inconsistent referees.
Saying that, Sokratis was daft.
Arsenal were poor. Shocking. Just horrible.
Rennes took advantage.
Well played Rennes.

H2k
H2k

Also, you know it is bad when it is Mustafi shouting at everyone to keep their heads.

Hantal
Hantal

He does that every time we concede a goal

Santori
Santori

Cos orts his fault we conceded a needless penalty today?

Wake up.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

he does that to look like he knows what hes doing…

Santori
Santori

Better he shouts to wake our players up ten the stupor we were in before.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Didnt seem to work..

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

It is utterly mystifying how the rotational fouls on Torreira went unpunished.

Maul Person
Maul Person

You can see why a yellow was given to an Arsenal player because the Rennes player pulled him, knocking him off balance, then fell? Or why the Arsenal player curled on the ground and the Rennes player fell over him.

Really?!

I’d understand if you said that getting a free kick would have been soft but understandable but yellow cards for those?! Next you’ll be saying Aubameyang was offside…

facts
facts

In real time, it looked like a cynical foul on the edge of the box against a player about to blow right past him. Please spare us the BS that Sokratis didnt have a brainfart.

Kareem Mohamed
Kareem Mohamed

I agree, it did look like that in real time.

But replays showed he conned the ref…
And VAR should have ruled it out, returned Sokratis to the field, and booked the Rennes player.

Kareem
Kareem

Well played Rennes?

I will NEVER congratulate an opponent for conning the ref.
That was disgusting.

I would never want to win in that way.

jdg
jdg

Utterly dense.

Adrian
Adrian

We can still win at home and qualify but
1. f*** FA, 5 matches in 15 days (I know other PL teams are playing same but still)
2. Why take Iwobi out when he was the best threat going forward?
3. Papa and Laca out for next match

my name is bob
my name is bob

Shocking performance

Redemption on Sunday please!

bobbyp
bobbyp

Absolutely fucking woeful performance. I thought after the last three results, especially against the spuds, we had turned a corner and I felt we were looking stronger. This was awful though. Auba was shockingly bad. Really disappointing.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Thanks Sokratis, you’ve probably just knocked us out. Good stuff.

baz00r
baz00r

You mean thanks ref

Santori
Santori

To be fair, these things will happen.

How we respond is critical. Even with 10 men we needed to manage the game better.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

What about Laca’s red card? Don’t get me wrong I love Laca but his petulance got him suspended for 3 matches.
Having said that, picking on our players doesn’t help.

EmmEss
EmmEss

Laca would not be to blame at all in case we were eliminated by Rennes next week, because he didn’t take part in any of the 2 games. I agree he would have been useful today, but we were allowed to start with 11 players, as we will be in the return leg. If we don’t find 11 players in our squad who can eliminate Rennes over 2 legs, but would depend on a single player like Laca being available to achieve that, our problems would be far bigger than they already are.

BidOnLard
BidOnLard

Is there an IamMustafi movement in Arsenal? This was beyond bad. Unai makes defensive subs and suddenly everyone decides to attack. Purely brainless. That was PSG banter level.

Themightybun
Themightybun

Really didn’t get the substitutions tonight. Felt like Emery lost his head too.

Chickenshite

Yeah Guendouzi was absolutely useless and so was Kolasinac. Terrible mentality

Alex
Alex

And Ramsey.

A Different George
A Different George

I think I understood the idea of each of the substitutions–but none of them worked. Guendouzi for Iwobi was to shore up the middle of the pitch and help Mkhitaryan, but Guendouzi just increased the pressure on us by constantly giving away possession very cheaply. Ramsey for Ozil, I assume, was basically for fresh legs–Ozil had run so much that he could no longer pose an attacking threat. But Ramsey never looked like he could link the play together as Ozil had earlier–in fairness, playing a man down always made that unlikely. Aibameyang too was for fresh legs, but that wasn’t like for like and was just to hold the score. Didn’t do anything except remove our out ball.

Ray
Ray

Man u are right, ozil going off yet he was creating the chances just needed a striker to finish off those chances maybe nketiah.but why retain the striker from going out on loan yet you re not going to play him.

facts
facts

What did you expect Emery to do you numpty? If he threw on Suarez or Nketiah, he would’ve been crucified

Tommy Gunner
Tommy Gunner

Where’s the experienced player getting hold of the others and making the point that 2-1 away from home, 10 men for over a half, isn’t a bad result?

Nowhere

Tommy Gunner
Tommy Gunner

Don’t think i’ve worded that comment particularly well! Well done anyone who understands what i’m trying to say!

Santori
Santori

Some people prefer to blame Mustafi for trying to rally the troops.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Just SHUT UP about Mustafi FFS. The guy is shit but he was half decent today.

Aaron
Aaron

There it was, MONREAL.

Ealing
Ealing

Nah. Push forward and try to win the game on a throw in in the last minutes.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Manager didn’t help. Why keep Mkhitaryan at right back instead of bringing on AMN? Why not go back 5?

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

He doesn’t trust AMN…there I’ve said it!

momozemio
momozemio

3rd goal is a bit Monreal’s fault…. complaining up the pitch after loosing the ball instead of tracking back

A Different George
A Different George

More than a bit–the guy who scored was unmarked.

btw
btw

Did nobody see Guendouzi let him run by?, Ramses did, watch him turn around and give douzi the arms raised “what the fuck” stare.

A P
A P

Guendouzi is overrated. Shave him bald.

Arsenalista
Arsenalista

We had an experienced player doing the shouting, it was Mustafi…that was the problem.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

That guy had been sent off already.

DieHard Gunner

For fucks sake! Why are we always creating a hill for ourselves? When will this lose in the first leg and crash out because we couldn’t get the goal needed to qualify in the second leg.

Dombo
Dombo

Should just give this loser cup with crap refereeing. No point playing every mid week to be given light reds and yellows like Laca and Papa.

We’ll still beat them to pieces next week

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

“Loser cup”. We fit right in.

Santori
Santori

And some people preferred we were out of top 4 when Wenger was in charge so we could win the europa.

Comeuppance

Hantal
Hantal

They weren’t soft yellows and lacas was certainly not a soft red

Goonerink

It was contextually.
The yellows were considering the second should have been a foul the opposing way.

AJD
AJD

We should put in a cheeky offer for Solsjkaer over the summer

Ozils mom
Ozils mom

4.000.000+1?

goonshow
goonshow

Yeah – since Theo left we’ve needed a speedy right winger

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

Solskaers getting a shit-ton of good fortune and personal help from ferguson and mike phelan. Not convinced after 2 months I’m afraid.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Wow you pretty much wrote what I just tried to write but got moderated for…Thank you!

Sir John King
Sir John King

Nonsense. The guy was perhaps the fourth best manager in the Norwegian league, and really must be rubbing his eyes to believe his luck.

A P
A P

Let’s get the best manager in the Norwegian league!

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

As a player? As a manager he has Mike Phelan and Sir Alex helping him behind the scenes…but (shush) don’t tell anyone!

jon

Solskjær has had unbelievable luck. If things even out over time, which they have a tendency of doing, he is in for some really rocky terrain. Hopefully, it starts Sunday.

jon

I don’t think they did the basics. They were not good at making themselves playable, leaving teammates to attempt difficult passes in narrow positions. They were slow and a little dopey, particularly in the second half. We have a couple of players that simply do not hold the standard required. This was not bad luck, it was not good at all.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Why can’t we pass the ball accurately? Aubs was the worst offender in the first 35 mins imo.

Santori
Santori

Hits my big criticism of him. He does little to protect the ball.

Laca better in that respect.

Chickenshite

Aubameyang is pretty average honestly. Not an elite player.

Caligunner
Caligunner

You don’t score as many goals as Auba has and be just avg lol wtf

He may not be elite but that’s not what arsenal paid for. They paid for a good striker notch below elite imo. He is what he is a finished product with no upside that’s why he cost what he did. What strikers are better than him that cost less that were or are available for transfer? Anyone striker in his range are all flawed or you are buying on huge potential. Get a grip

Maniac

The homeless goblins safely dispatch the current German leaders, United overcome a 2 goal home defeat to beat the French champions while we get spanked a team that currently sits 10th in Ligue 1. Says it all really. Absolutely pathetic.

Sànde Class
Sànde Class

Seriously! I eagerly await the day I wake up from this bizarro world. :/

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

Yeah but Manure had 12 men!

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

But that tells you and I and sadly the rest of the world where we are right now as a team. We’re on a hiding to nothing because even if we were in the CL we would probably have lost to Bayern or some other team.

I have no idea how the rest of the season will go, but putting our all into getting top 4 looks more important than ever right now.

Ach
Ach

Fucking gutless performance, the fact that the guy who actually bother to track back for their 3rd won’t even be here next season is really pathetic.

Cacho
Cacho

A real bad taste after this one. Dreary night, Aubameyang looking dejected on the bench, Monreal starting to really look like slowing down, Xhaka more silly mistakes, Iwobi more or less anonymous throughout. I can see us scraping by on a 2-0 next week, but it won’t be easy. Rennes will have a real belief right now. Sarr and Ben Arfa were giving our back line nightmares all game, and that skinny kid who scored is supposedly an Arsenal fan and played well too.

bubs
bubs

wow, huge changes now we’ve got a new manager…..

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

Owen chose to ignore Sarr’s pull on Sokratis, because he couldn’t wait to get stuck in to Sokratis.

“Glittering career”, international goals, who cares. He’s the kind of useless tool that a first year apprentice would reject for being too shoddy.

Martin Keown did extremely well not to transform into HulKeown and boot the little weasel right in his Hipgrave. (No offence intended to Lynsey Hipgrave, she’s a decent host).

Now, it’s career advisor time. The referee clearly loves cards, so I’m thinking he’d be better off pursuing employment as a Vegas croupier. Failing that, how about one of those hip magicians that get wheeled out whenever a fairly small league club draw a fairly large league club early in a cup.

Anything else than his current occupation, which he clearly cannot handle, would be an immediate improvement.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

I don’t know if it’s tiredness kicking in but we were sloppy. Hopefully we wipe the floor with them at home. Diving cunts.

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

The team’s performance was nearly worse than your sister.

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

Relax, people. It’s a “Parks And Recreation” running joke.

Goonerink

I would have said Jean ralphios sister!

Arsenalista
Arsenalista

We are a bang average team. We made rennes look like the galacticos. Very hard to watch.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I think bang average is unfair. As said previously we are in transition. We must try not to forget that. When we play well and win games everyone gets excited and thinks we’re the finished article, but we are nowhere near it. Early season I thought we could win the League, then I thought definitely top 4, possibly even 3rd. Now I suspect we will finish 5th but at worst 6th and with some of the players that is probably about right, after all most of the players we have finished 6th last season and even though Emery has tried his best there is only so much he can do.

Realist
Realist

It has been a long time since i’v cried but today’s game made me cry after a while , to be honest i have quite a shitty life at the moment so my only hope for a little happiness was with Arsenal and that’s gone too , anyway here is my honest opinion of the match :
We should have scored more than one at the beginning ,

Cech gave up possession many times at the first half and that was one of the reasons for their counter attack.

Refferee was a disgrace , their players were savage in the first half , also Auba could have had a goal but was wrongly offside , second yellow for Sokratis was debatable.

Auba is out of form.

Midfield was disappointing.

Monreal , Kos and Mustafi shouldn’t be here nxet season

Maul Person
Maul Person

What’s Kos ever done to you? He’s been pretty good since he came back.

Realist
Realist

Down Votes !!! Anyway i’m done with this site.

George
George

Up-voted! Stay!

Ben EagerBeaver
Ben EagerBeaver

What’s more important for me is the fact that you’re having a tough period personally and I can’t help but commiserate with you on that. I’ve been there before – really tough times when Arsenal’s games were my only source of distraction/happiness. Hang in there man, the storm will pass. Match details can rest for now.

goonero
goonero

Yikes

Ozils mom
Ozils mom

I thought at 2-1 that it was an ok result against an inspired Rennes and with the given circumstances of playing 10 men for 50 min. I felt we were lucky not to play an even better team because then Arsenal would have been slaughtered.

But then that 3-1 goal came, which was so silly… losing ball for 3245th time (Auba horrendous tonight) and Monreal just standing there waving his arms and Guendouzi just jogging back and didn’t look around for a player to follow.. heck Ramsey saw the danger from forward-position and tried his best. Absolute shitshow of 20 seconds.

Now a tough game at home instead of what looked like a walk in the park after 5 mins.

Europa league not exiting?

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

Good point about Guendouzi. In that sequence of play, there was a touch of the Denilsons about his positional awareness and lack of desire to get goal side.

Mpls
Mpls

It might be Europa league yes exiting, if we don’t get our shit together next week.

Guendouzi was woeful. He should have had plenty of legs to mark that runner, but didn’t. And his passing (along with everyone else’s in the 2nd half) was so poor.

Santori
Santori

As I mentioned some time before, we need to keep our eye on the league.

It is our best chance.

Knock out competitions always carry risk.

There is better control in the league but we are up against it.

United will be a tough ask given our Attention Deficit Disorder.

We don’t need Mustafi to fuck things up.

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

you keep saying ‘as I mentioned’ as if anyone is supposed to pay any attention to you

Emyrates
Emyrates

Why did we have half of our team up in their peno box when we’re trying to hold on to 2-1?…

Christopher Wreh
Christopher Wreh

Shit. All to do next week. We’re in serious, serious trouble.

Former Top 4 regulars
Former Top 4 regulars

Can Zidane takeover at Arsenal

gusceasersboots
gusceasersboots

Benitez

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

Why on earth would he want the job?! No prospects for improvement relative to other clubs in the same league, even.

“Champions League,” Josh K.? You’re dreaming. I’ve woken up.

Adrian
Adrian

Yes but with 200M budget

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Zidane is unproven and this is exactly what we don’t need. Fans don’t have to call for a sacking everyone we lose.

Caligunner
Caligunner

ZZ Unproven? Wtf he manage to get his club to win 3 CL not EL in a row. Not easy, just ask PSG pep since he’s left Barca, klopp etc etc

He may not be perfect but I doubt he is unproven

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I’m going to assume you’re joking right? Did you see the players that Zidane had to manage? I mean I know Unai had Neymar etc but none of them wanted to play his way and did as they pleased and Tuchel is probably, well definitely, finding out the same thing.
Unai has done a good job so far. The trouble is that “we” expect so called lesser teams to just lie down for us because we’re the mighty Arsenal. Well we aren’t at the moment are we?
Do I think we can win next week…I honestly don’t know. Unai managed to win this competition 3 times in a row so his pedigree is not in doubt in my mind.

Jack4343
Jack4343

Can he play center half?

EuropaSpecialist
EuropaSpecialist

First season under Emery so far:
Premier League: 5th, likely going to 6th once Chelski plays its game
Europa League (where our coach was supposedly a specialist): 90 minutes till possible elimination
FA Cup: eliminated
League Cup: eliminated

Good work, everyone from Kroenske on down. Maybe the first Arteta season would have not been so bad after all?

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

What’s frustrating is the inconsistency. Our home record is excellent, especially in the PL. But away from the Grove we’ve been awful all season. In European football you can’t hope to pull it back at home all the time. A GG team would have shut up shop at half time and got away with a 1-1 draw. We were too weak.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

You don’t have to watch you know….or you could just support the team. Supporting a team doesn’t come with any guarantees. Writing off the coach because the team lost 3 -1 away is ridiculous. PSG thought they were into the quarter finals because they scored 2 away goals, but Man Utd taught them differently. If we hadn’t got the away goal then I would be more pessimistic.

EuropaSpecialist
EuropaSpecialist

It’s not an either-or situation, you know. We’re here because we’re Arsenal fans, not because we are Emery fans. Make all the excuses (not his team, ref this ref that, Manure miracle happens every week, losing to BATE and Rennes are normal etc) all you want, but ultimately Unai will be judged by his results.
By all accounts, Solari is well loved by everyone at Madrid too. Look what happened.

Jargo
Jargo

I’m starting to hate this club

Rocastle Rock
Rocastle Rock

I assume you are talking about Stade Rennais?

laudgunner
laudgunner

2-1 was safe
Depressing and scary now

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Nothing is safe in a competition like this.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

What a pile of dogshit.

Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong. For the first half hour we were the better side and were cruising. Then brainless Sokratis go himself sent off and that changed everything. I’m sorry, but I couldn’t see just what Emery was trying to do with his substitutions: nothing was done to counter that big quick player on their right side. At the end he scored their killer goal.

We can still go through but I don’t think we will. We can’t keep a clean sheet so we’ll have to score at least 3 at the Grove next Thursday. Then maybe rely on penalties. Unlikely.

It looks like we’re gonna be knocked out by a side which is no better than Brighton or Bournemouth. Another season of Thursday night football awaits.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Brighton and Bournemouth beat us last season…so I take it your comments are ironic?

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Not over two legs.

Raj Singh

Shit result. I wish we kept it 1-2. Then do them over at the Emirates.

Maul Person
Maul Person

2-1…

Voldermort
Voldermort

in a week when the rest of the prep have done well in europe we turn up and do that. shocking, embarrassing and a massive sign of where we are right now.
this team lacks all the consistency as it did under wenger, not sure if its inbread or what but its so frustrating.

PodB
PodB

An inbread baguette wee wee. Would have taken 1-2 but that last goal. WTF? Rennes will be toast next week … Laca will hit 4.

Maul Person
Maul Person

Laca isn’t playing next week…

EuropaSpecialist
EuropaSpecialist

Laca is out next week too mate. 3 game ban.

EmmEss
EmmEss

I am afraid he won’t … as he is still suspended. 🙁

Vonnie
Vonnie

Laca can’t play next week, we missed him badly tonight because Auba was awful and we had no replacement.

PodB
PodB

Laca is still suspended next week according to BBC … after the cat woke me at 4.30am this day is shaping as a complete shit-burger.

spectator
spectator

“Consistency under Wenger”???
You must have a very short term memory. Just last season we couldn’t win more than a handful away games but were in the top 2 for home results. This season so far just continues down that road but with some better away results, tonight was terrible but our home form will see us through.

Der Kaiser
Der Kaiser

Harsh sending off (in my opinion). Second Rennes goal G should have closed him down quicker. One player that concerns me is Auba. Yes he is quick and scores goal BUT his hold-up play, link play and touch leaves a lot to be desired. When he is not scoring his contribution is negligble. Can also be very casual ( including penalty taking). Known in Germany as a play boy and not committed professional. Bergkamp’s touch came from loads of practise and complete professionalism and dedication. Sorry, controversial view but in my view Auba is good but world class? – no way. Afraid given third goal, quality in their team and the time Rennes will be given to prepare, I’m not hopeful.

As and when fourth place becomes beyond our reach may be time to blood the youngsters like Neiktah, recall Reiss Neldon, a centre other than Mustafi etc.

Continue to support Manager as I think he is moving in right direction. Let’s be honest we are probably sixth best in Premiership and will take time to overtake the others because whilst we may improve those other teams may ( like Man Ure are now).

Frustrating or what?!

Caligunner
Caligunner

World class is thrown around to easily. No one should have mistaken auba as world class striker. He definitely is a notch below. He has his strengths and weaknesses. We wouldn’t be able to afford a world class striker I’m this day in age. I don’t think we can afford any world class players at any position. We can only hope to acquire as many good players and high ceiling players as possible.

What world class striker is going To only cost 55m?

Deano

Wish I could just lambast the team, but I felt they were a bunch of diving twats. Hopefully we can turn it around next week.

David
David

We don’t belong in the Champions League.

Tony Adams Nose
Tony Adams Nose

Rennes were dirty cheating bastards and the pathetic ref fell for it all game. No way would they have won that game if we had not have gone down to ten men. Looking at the replay I believe he actually fouled Sok not the other way around.
Just like the manure PSG game yesterday, disgusting refereeing standards in European competitions.

2-0 at home will be good enough with the away goal.

Ozils mom
Ozils mom

Yeah, because we’re so good at conceding 0 goals…

goonshow
goonshow

A doddle… I mean, look at all our home clean sheets already this season

Nikhil
Nikhil

Right when I thought we started to play well, we did the most Arsenal of things! I just shudder at the thought of the game on Sunday, though. United’s confidence will be sky high and we, on the other hand……

Santori
Santori

We did it without Mustafi.

No surprise since we have done it before without him.

Lacablaca
Lacablaca

I know we’ll win next week but I just don’t see us keeping a clean sheet at home. Can we score 4+ goals against them? I just don’t think we can.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Have to have balls and people taking responsibility in the big moments. Had so many chances prior to the sending off. Both yellows were harsh but incredibly stupid decisions from Sokratis. Auba was horrendous individually and for the team where he refused to hold the ball up and killed every attack.
Emeys decision to keep him and Ozil on while Mhki played Rb was ridiculous. This result is somewhere between a high level of incompetence and eveything that can go wrong going wrong.
Not worried yet though. When we have a clear goal to focus on we seem better for it. I can see at least a 3-1 for us at the emirates. Obviously we will do it the hard way.

Santori
Santori

It won’t be us if we don’t do it the hard way.

We will need to shut them out home game.

Tough ask.

Santori
Santori

If anything Iwobi was the one who keeps ball for us. Taking him off exposed Monreal’s shortcomings.

Caligunner
Caligunner

If it worked than Unai is a tactical genius lol

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

Have to ask, what has Emery fixed exactly? Had a man sent off in what, 3 out of last 4 matches? The whole is less than the sum of its parts.

Over everything happening on the pitch this season, there is the fact that with this owner, board, and executive group, this club is going nowhere. It has been overtaken by better-funded and better run rivals in it’s own league, never mind the top clubs in Europe. Kroenke’s ownership is exactly as advertised and exactly what some warned it would be. The salad days are gone and it doesn’t look like they are coming back. We’re safely Europa League now, but pointing toward Everton territory. Few speak it, but everyone knows it.

*sigh*

Caligunner
Caligunner

Wolves, Leeds next season, Everton if they get their act together will be our new peers smh we are definitely with this ownerships self sustaining mantra are heading towards second class in the PL

Stephen
Stephen

We really don’t travel. Something must have happened. They all looked completely off like there was a falling out right before the game started.

The optimistic part of me says Emery will use this to adjust and motivate the squad for the United game. The pessimist says that a reserve United side beat PSG in Paris and will destroy us 6-1 riding that high.

N10
N10

Last sentence: not down the road. No way no how. Our home record is too good. Gives us a big boost, it shouldn’t do but it does.

Agreed there may have been some discord pre-match. Maybe the hotel sabotaged their sleep for the night?

baz00r
baz00r

I think everybody is being pretty dam harsh on Sokratis. The second yellow was as soft as they come. If anything the Rennes players fouled him and then took a massive dive. Not much Sokratis can do if the ref is a fucking moron. So jostling and running next to a player now if a yellow card offence?

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

Why can’t we just have a cosy game with no need for my heart rate to hit 100? I miss the days of beating teams 4,5,6 nil in the Champions League.
Now we’re losing 3-1 to teams in the bottom half of the French League with fat ex Newcastle players.

Ray
Ray

What happened to AMN being used in midfield.is abetter box to box midfielder than the shaggy haired guy, remember the Manu game last season.

Ray
Ray

Emery does want ozil because he doesn’t work hard enough,but Auba sucks totally no effort always in second gear.

Vince
Vince

There is no way we are winning the Europa League if we cannot get a result away from home! This team has mental/psychological problems playing away from home. One of the worst performances I’ve ever seen. Couldn’t even keep the ball for a minute without giving it away. Poor attitude and body language from ALL players bar Mkhitaryan and Torreira. This team needs to be dismantled and built over from scratch. Absolutely poor

Vonnie
Vonnie

Rennes are a bunch of divey, writhing actresses and the ref bought it every time. We are still incredibly naive when we go to Europe and get sucked into their trickery. We’re not alone in this as most English teams struggle with all the bullshit, but you’d think that with all the practice we’ve had we’d have learned by now. They will serial foul and get away with it every time, their players will roll around like they’ve been shot at every opportunity, their fans will influence the referees every decision. We were poor tonight, our passing was the worst I’ve seen in a long time and after Sokratis was sent off we were rattled and unable to hold onto the ball, which played into their hands. Auba needs to sort himself out, this is another game when he should have done better, we keep messing up chances and then it comes back to bite us. Hopefully we can regroup and hit them for six at the Emirates.