Unai Emery ‘confident’ of overturning 3-1 Europa League defeat to Rennes

Unai Emery’s side have it all to do in the second leg (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery was unhappy with his side’s collapse after Sokratis’ red card in a 3-1 defeat to Rennes but insists he’s still ‘confident’ of progressing to the next round.

The Gunners took an early lead through Alex Iwobi but Sokratis provided the hosts with a route back into the match when he was sent off after half an hour for two bookable offences.

Rennes equalised shortly before half-time and Nacho Monreal’s own goal put the French side ahead on the night and in the tie.

However, Ismaïla Sarr’s late goal gave Rennes the two-goal cushion their performance deserved and means Arsenal must win by two clear goals next Thursday to overturn the deficit.

Arsenal were humiliated against Rennes (Picture: Getty)

Emery admits he was disappointed with his side’s reaction to going down to 10 men but insists they can progress to the quarter-finals.

‘The red card changed the game more than we wanted. The first 40 minutes we controlled, we scored, we didn’t concede good chances,’ said Emery.

‘But after this red card it’s more than we wanted. I think we can do better.

‘The result for the first 90 minutes is hard for us but we are going to start the next match next week with 11 vs 11 and with the same respect we have had the first half. We are going to do that at home.

‘I have confidence with our players, our supporters helping us.’

Arsenal face Manchester United at the Emirates on Sunday before hosting Rennes in the reverse leg in seven days’ time.

Sokratis’ red card means he misses the second leg, while Alexandre Lacazette remains suspended.

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