Lacazette and Aubameyang to Start vs Rennes? – Emery drops starting XI hint

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Although Alexandre Lacazette is back from suspension for Arsenal’s crunch Europa League clash against Rennes, manager Unai Emery has suggested the striker is not guaranteed to start.

The Frenchman was sent off in the first leg of the Gunners’ last 32 match against BATE Borisov, and subsequently missed the 3-1 defeat in France last week.

But his initial three-match ban was reduced to just two games by UEFA, meaning he is available once again, though despite needing two goals Emery is not going to commit to all-out attack just yet.

‘We are playing with different systems, with different players,’ said Emery when asked if Lacazette would come straight in and partner Aubameyang.

‘We can play with two strikers, we can play with one. I am thinking not only of the first XI, because I think we are going to need different situations, maybe different systems and maybe different players.

‘All players are very important. We can play with Lacazette and Auba, or we could play with one. ‘I think we are going to need different possibilities if the match is going one way or another.’

On Arsenal’s approach to the game, Emery added:

‘Our thoughts are now for positive. We are thinking to play tomorrow 90 minutes with our gameplan and our best tactical decisions on the pitch and being organised with our quality.

‘We are thinking to play and we are thinking to play and we are thinking to play. And our thought is play.’