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Arsenal receive major Laca boost ahead of Rennes tie

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Alexandre Lacazette is now eligible for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Rennes after his Uefa ban was reduced to two matches.

The Gunners striker was initially serving a three-match ban following a red card in the last-32 first-leg game against BATE Borisov.

But will now be available to feature in the return leg against Rennes, having already served his reduced two-match ban.

Unai Emery’s men will see the news as a big boost as they try to overhaul the 3-1 deficit against the Ligue 1 side on Thursday night.

The Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision reads as follows:

The appeal lodged by Arsenal FC has been partially upheld. To suspend the Arsenal FC player Alexandre Lacazette for two (2) Uefa competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible for serious rough play.

“Note: Lacazette has already served the two-match suspension following Arsenal FC’s Uefa Europa League matches – round of 32 second-leg match against BATE Borisov on February 21, and the round of 16 first-leg match against Rennes on March 7.”

The Gunners will be without key player Sokratis Papastathopoulos due to suspension after receiving a second yellow in France.

Arsenal need to eliminate the Ligue 1 side to keep their hopes of securing a silverware this season alive and an automatic ticket for the Champions League next season.