Are Arsenal still favourites to beat Rennes and progress?

There is no doubt that Arsenal have made it hard for themselves to get to the next round of the Europa League after conceding three goals in Rennes, but with an away goal a 2-0 victory at home could be enough. The bookies make the Gunners as short as 1/3 to win at the Emirates, but they are just over Even Money to progress to the next round. That’s a great price but I think I’d prefer to use the bookies money by using a code from just in case! According to the Rennes coach Julien Stephan his team are still the underdogs. “Despite the victory, for me, Arsenal remain favourites given their past and their experience,” said Stephan, who has an amazing record since being appointed in December.

“The only thing I think is that we will need to score there, at least once, if not twice.”

He may just be just trying to keep his players on their toes, but if they repeat yesterday’s performance it will not be easy for Arsenal. Our young Frenchman Matteo Guendouzi disagrees with his countryman. “There’s no such thing as favourites,” he said. “It’s one team against another. We have to stay strong mentally.

“We knew that after the red card it would be very difficult, especially being away from home. Then the scored straight after that, which put us in a bit of trouble.

“We didn’t do what was needed in the second half. But it’s only half time in the tie and they still have to come to our place. We’re very strong at home. And I believe in my team, my club and our staff.”

Arsenal will have to return to their very best to get through next week, but with our excellent home record (and no red cards!) we should make it though. Is it worth a bet that could double your money?



  1. Not any more. Come back when we’ve been ransacked by tomorrow’s visitors. Morale will be as low as it has ever been at the club. Worse than the days of “Wenger Out”.

    1. S why would morale be worse, if Arsenal score more points than last season and dont go worse than 6th (same as last season); despite the strengthening of other clubs.
      I’m sure this would only be the case for “fair weather” fans.

    1. Sue, it’s up to the players to show the pride, application and conviction to win against Rennes with enough.goal difference.

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