Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice on the Emirates and also teed up Ainsley Maitland-Niles as Arsenal edged Rennes 4-3 mixture to enroll in Chelsea in Friday’s Europa League zone-final draw.
Arsenal’s triumph approach that six English Premier League teams are in the UEFA competitions. Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham had led the way within the Champions League.
Rennes had by no means before reached the remaining 16 of a prime European competition and the scale of the tie for the French facet become evidenced with the aid of the massive journeying help they enjoyed.
However, as opposed to be stimulated, Julien Stephan’s side appeared intimidated via their surroundings early on to concede twice interior 15 mins.
Arsenal speedy had the early intention they sought to get back within the tie as Aaron Ramsey’s low move become swept home by using Aubameyang.
The French-born Gabon global become additionally worried for Arsenal’s 2nd 10 mins later, despite the fact that Rennes have been right to feel aggrieved that the purpose became allowed to stand.
Aubameyang regarded to be certainly offside from Ramsey’s skip with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil even turning his again to the play looking forward to a flag.
However, it was no longer forthcoming and with VAR not in operation in the Europa League unlike the more profitable Champions League, Maitland-Niles’s downward header from Aubameyang’s go was allowed to face.
Arsenal, though, then sat on their lead as opposed to constructing on it and will easily have paid for that approach after the destroy.
Petr Cech, in what might have been the Czech amazing’s final sport earlier than retiring at the stop of the season had Arsenal now not progressed, turned M’Baye Niang’s shot from outdoor the place onto the post.
Ismaila Sarr’s 0.33 purpose for the hosts inside the dying embers of the primary leg looked to have swung the tie Rennes’ way and the Senegalese had the threat for a vital away purpose, only for Sead Kolasinac to produce a saving closing-ditch tackle.
Rennes have been again sad with the Latvian officiating team while Lacazette escaped a 2d yellow card before the French global changed into changed by using Alex Iwobi.
With nearly his first touch, Iwobi dragged an awesome threat to provide Arsenal respiration space extensive.
But 18 mins from time they did have a cushion whilst having saved his facet at one cease, Kolasinac’s awesome low move left Aubameyang with a easy project to tap domestic his twenty second goal of the season and celebrated with the aid of pulling on a mask.
Aubameyang wished it lower back to hide his embarrassment soon after as he missed wonderful possibilities in the space of 60 seconds to seal his hat-trick.
But Arsenal held out to keep the Premier League’s resurgence and leave France without a single consultant within the area-finals of either European competition.