Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cuddle up in training as Arsenal gear up for Europa League comeback against Rennes
- Arsenal trained at a windswept London Colney on Wednesday morning
- Gunners are aiming to overturn a 3-1 first leg defeat by Rennes on Thursday
- Alexandre Lacazette will be available after suspension was shortened
James Dutton For Mailonline
Alexandre Lacazette was in a cheerful mood in training on Wednesday morning as Arsenal get set to unleash the striker against Rennes this week.
The French striker has been cleared to play the second leg on Thursday after having a three-match ban turned to two after his red card against BATE Borisov last month.
Having already served his suspension he looks set to play with strike-partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the Gunners attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shared a cuddle in training
Unai Emery delivers instructions at a windswept London Colney on Wednesday morning
Young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi looks on during Arsenal’s training session
And the two shared a warm embrace as Unai Emery delivered instructions to his side at a windswept London Colney.
Lacazette was sent off in the second half of the last-32 Europa League defeat in Belarus.
After having a second-half equaliser correctly ruled out for offside, the French forward was sent off for swinging an elbow in frustration towards Aleksandar Filipovic with five minutes remaining.
Mesut Ozil (right) wrapped up from the cold as Arsenal prepare for the visit of Rennes
Aaron Ramsey and Co will hope to overturn a 3-1 deficit from last week’s first leg in France
Governing body UEFA confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Arsenal’s appeal had been partially upheld.
Arsenal will be without Greek defender Sokratis, who was sent off in the first leg defeat.
They are continuing to assess Henrikh Mkhitaryan as he battles a back strain.
Petr Cech is expected to get a run out against his former club at the Emirates Stadium
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