The Gunners need to be at their best if they want to keep their Europa League campaign alive after the loss in the first leg.
Arsenal is only one of the three teams this season to have lost just one home league game this season. The other two are Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
For this reason, Unai Emery’s side is seen by many as more than capable of turning the result around against Rennes tonight after the 3-1 loss a week ago.
In the Premier League, only Liverpool and Manchester City did better, with both yet to suffer a loss on home turf. The Gunners picked up a remarkable 41 points out of the 16 home matches in the league this season.
When compared to other European sides this season, Arsenal are sixth in terms of average points per home game with 2.56 points. This means they are ahead some of the European giants including Barcelona with 2.36 and Bayern Munich with 2.25.
Out of their 16 home games they just conceded 12 goals, despite their defensive line has been rather shaky since the start of the new campaign.
Their last fixture at the Emirates was a crucial 2-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday, where Emery took advantage of having the crowd on his side.
😄 That look when you're available for selection again…
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 13, 2019
In fact, a few weeks ago, Arsenal fans were encouraged by the Spanish manager to get behind the team and support his players with some very important fixtures still to come for the Gunners.
“We need our supporters,” Emery had said in late February. “I hope the supporters help the players and create a big atmosphere at home. Create a positive energy to make us stronger.”
In the two games that followed Emery’s call for support, Arsenal managed to get two impressive wins against Bournemouth first and then against United last Sunday.
Now, the three-time Europa League winner with Sevilla, will be hoping the fans can do the same as they face an uphill task against Rennes tonight.
The French side won 3-1 at home last week after Sokratis got sent off early in the first half and the Gunners now need at least a 2-0 win to advance to the next round.
"They've got all the tools to beat Rennes… I was stunned by the result."
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 13, 2019
Arsenal have not lost a home match in the Europa League this season and managed to perform a comeback against BATE Borisov in the Round of 32 after losing 1-0 away from home.
Now it is up to Emery’s men to make the most of the home crowd factor – with 60,000 expected at the Emirates – and progress to the next round in the Europa League.