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Arsenal became the sixth Premier League team to reach a European quarter final this season as they beat Rennes 3 0 canada goose store at the Emirates Stadium to seal a 4 3 aggregate win in the Europa League. Is there any reason why they can’t now go on and win it?

It is only a week since Arsenal slumped to one of the most disappointing defeats of their season. That dismal display canada goose jacket uk mens at Rennes’ Roazhon Park stadium prompted a cheap canada goose winter jackets wave of criticism, but it already feels like a distant memory. In the space of a few days, Arsenal have climbed into the Premier League top four at Manchester United’s expense canada goose outlet store and become only the second side in Europa League history to overturn a 3 1 first leg deficit.

Auba double sends Arsenal to quartersThey achieved the latest feat in some style, with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scoring his sixth double of the season either side of an Ainsley Maitland Niles header to bring Arsenal back from the brink and keep their Europa League dream alive. Suddenly, the mood around the club is one of genuine optimism.

A top four Premier League finish has always been the priority for Emery just as it was for his predecessor but this latest victory at the Emirates Stadium an arena which is fast becoming a fortress ensures his first season in English football could yet finish with a trophy.

Indeed, Arsenal’s starting line up was a reminder of just how highly Emery values the canada goose outlet competition. Indeed, Lacazette had already sprung the offside trap once by the time Aubameyang turned in Ramsey’s cross in the fifth minute.

Aubameyang was a constant threat to the visitors, causing panic when he latched onto a Maitland Niles through ball soon after his opener, and it wasn’t long before he set up Arsenal’s second. canada goose black friday 80 off The striker looked offside from Ramsey’s pass, but he canada goose montebello uk still showed impressive perseverance canada goose langford parka black friday to reach the byline and canada goose outlet london dig out a cross for Maitland Niles to head home.

Europa League: Sevilla suffer shock exitIt seemed Arsenal were going to run away with it at that point, but instead they were required to show different qualities. Rennes grew into the game and came out strongly for the second period, with M’Baye Niang striking the post in the 47th minute as they enjoyed a period of heavy pressure. Arsenal, though, were able to fend them off in determined style.

On the hour mark, Sead Kolasinac could be seen pumping his fist in celebration after making an outstanding recovery tackle on Ismaila Sarr. Soon after that, the excellent Laurent Koscielny was in the right place at the right time to intercept a canada goose outlet toronto store dangerous Hamari Traore cut back.

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There were nervous moments for Mustafi, who was less than convincing on his return to the side, but Arsenal held firm before Aubameyang extended their advantage, slotting home from Kolasinac’s cross in the 72nd minute before donning a mask in celebration. He should have had a hat canada goose clearance trick in the closing stages, but in the end it did not matter.

And so the Europa League quest continues. Arsenal have now played 10 games in the competition and they will head into the crucial final months of the season knowing they must play another five if they are to go on and win it. It is a potentially gruelling schedule, but Emery will feel confident that Arsenal can handle it.

Unai Emery’s side have improved in recent weeks

Firstly, the momentum canada goose warranty uk is with them. The first leg debacle against Rennes was a blot on proceedings, but canada goose gloves womens uk there is a canada goose clearance sale growing sense that things have begun to click for Emery in recent weeks. Arsenal have now won five of their last seven fixtures in all competitions, scoring 17 goals and keeping four clean sheets.

Sunday’s 2 0 win over Manchester United took them two points clear of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in fourth place in the Premier League, putting them in the driving seat for a Champions League finish, and the victory over Rennes was evidence of squad depth which should help them in their pursuit of Europa League success.

Emery proud after difficult week’Atmosphere is Emery’s biggest change’Indeed, it was a double substitution with 20 minutes remaining which eventually put the game out of Rennes’ reach. Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who replaced Lacazette and Ozil respectively, made an immediate difference. Iwobi fired narrowly wide within a minute of coming on, and moments after that Mkhitaryan played a key role in Aubameyang’s second.

When coupled with the new found defensive resilience Arsenal have exhibited in recent weeks, their enviable array of attacking talent puts them in a strong position heading into the last eight. canada goose outlet None of the other quarter finalists boast a strike force to rival Aubameyang and Lacazette. There aren’t many who can choose between canada goose outlet two players like Ozil and Mkhitaryan, either.

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And so, in a season that has previously threatened to fizzle out, Arsenal are suddenly primed for a strong finish. Emery’s men are on canada goose outlet black friday sale the up and a trophy winning climax is in the cross hairs.

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