ROCKY Arsenal are going through one other Europa League salvage job after capturing themselves within the foot in Rennes.
The Gunners appeared to be cruising to victory on the again of Alex Iwobi’s early away aim.
However they misplaced their means after Sokratis’ 40th minute crimson card and now face an uphill battle to show this tie round in subsequent week’s return leg on the Emirates.
No-one was extra shocked when the guests snatched a fourth minute lead than Iwobi himself.
The Nigerian winger may hardly imagine his eyes when his hopeful low cross into the field skipped previous keeper Tomas Koubek and bounced in off the far submit.
However Arsenal weren’t going to look a present horse within the mouth and nearly scored once more within the 12th minute when Mesut Ozil and Iwobi mixed to arrange Lucas Torreira for a shot which drew a sensible save from Koubek.
Rennes, who had by no means beforehand reached the final 16 of any European competitors, have been struggling to deal with the rarefied environment.
Greater than 90,000 had utilized for tickets for what was being billed as the largest match within the membership’s historical past.
However the French minnows didn’t seem to imagine they have been able to upsetting one among Europe’s largest names regardless of the torrid environment contained in the Roazhon Park.
Iwobi examined the reflexes of Koubek once more earlier than Sokratis utterly missed his kick on the finish of an intricate Arsenal free-kick routine.
However simply when it was trying as if it was going to be a cushty night for the Gunners, Sokratis made their job one hell of quite a bit more durable when he obtained his second yellow card of the night time.
The Greek defender had already been booked for a cynical 34th minute foul on Hatem Ben Arfa so when he tripped Ismaila Sarr six minutes later he left ref Ivan Kruzliak with no choice.
Benjamin Bourigeaud’s ensuing free-kick was struck straight into the Arsenal wall, however when the ball bounced again to him the Rennes winger delivered an unstoppable bullet straight into Petr Cech’s prime nook.
As soon as once more Arsenal have been left going through a dilemma totally of their very own making.
It meant Emery needed to sacrifice the full of life Iwobi for Matteo Guendouzi as ten-man Arsenal regarded to pack the midfield and experience out the inevitable second-half storm.
But it wasn’t sufficient to maintain Rennes at bay and though Cech pulled off quite a lot of essential saves to defy his former membership, he was left helpless when Nacho Monreal diverted Mehdi Zeffane’s 66th minute cross into the highest nook of his personal aim.
Sarr received the third late on to pile the distress on Emery.