Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang thinks Hatem Ben Arfa and Ismaila Sarr will create some problems in Arsenal’s clash with Rennes on Thursday, but he insists the Gunners trust in their own ability.
Speaking to French outlet RMC Sport ahead of the Europa League last-16 tie, Aubameyang was asked about the Rennes duo. They’ve been in good form this season, with Ben Arfa scoring seven and assisting five, whilst Sarr adds nine goals and nine assists to their combined total.
Arsenal tend to struggle with pacy players who are good at dribbling, and Aubameyang admitted the team could have some trouble.
“Of course, they are expected to be good in these games,” Aubameyang said. “I know them well, I know they will create some problems. We trust our abilities and we know that we can qualify for the next round if we remain serious and play our game simply.”
Aubameyang has some connections to Rennes, as his family live in Laval, less than an hour away. As a result, he’s excited for the away game, and he reveals some of those family members will be there to cheer him on.
“I’m really looking forward to going back to France, especially since it’s next to my home,” he continued. “I have family coming to the match. If Rennes is here, it’s because they deserved it, we do not expect an easy match.”
Although his teammates have been playing down the incident publicly, Aubameyang probably feels he needs to redeem himself a bit after his penalty miss at the weekend. He’ll certainly get the chance to do so, with Alexandre Lacazette missing out on the game with a suspension.
Let’s hope that if another big moment presents itself, Aubameyang snaps it up this time.