Aaron Ramsey shows no signs of letting up despite agreeing to join Juventus (Picture: Getty)He may be heading for Turin this summer but Aaron Ramsey showed his focus is still very much on Arsenal during the side’s defeat to Rennes.
The Gunners took an early lead in France through Alex Iwobi but collapsed after a red card was issued to Sokratis on the half-hour mark for two bookable offences.
Rennes grabbed an immediate equaliser and were ahead after the break when Nahco Monreal put past Petr Cech when a cross deflected off him.
Unai Emery started Ramsey on the bench but made the peculiar decision to take off Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in order to put the Welshman up front.
With the Gunners down to 10 men and trailing 2-1, they were expected to settle for the one-goal deficit and take Rennes back to the Emirates next Thursday, where they’d be overwhelming favourites.
Guendouzi was partly to blame for Rennes’ third goal (Picture: Getty)However, Nacho Monreal lost the ball from a throw-in deep into the Rennes half and the French side quickly counter-attacked on the Gunners.
Rennes had a five-on-five counter in the 89th minute but Monreal was nowhere to be seen as the 33-year-old Spaniard struggled to get back into position.
Matteo Guendouzi had been brought on before Ramsey but the Frenchman failed to sniff danger at Monreal’s back post and casually jogged back as Rennes pushed the ball out wide.
Just look at the difference between Ramsey and Guendouzi running back for that third goal. #RENARS #AFC pic.twitter.com/A4SaiFn9tu
— Gunners.com (@Gunnersc0m) March 7, 2019
However, Ramsey saw the move developing a busted a gut to burst past Guendouzi and challenge the cross that was whipped in.
Unfortunately for Ramsey, his efforts were not rewarded as Ismaïla Sarr headed in a crucial third goal.
Nevertheless, the Juventus-bound midfielder showed the guts and determination that’s so often lacking in this Arsenal side…
Guendouzi was well ahead of Ramey when Rennes broke
Guendouzi casually jogged back but Ramsey sniffed the danger….
Ramsey busted a gut to get fill in at the back post….
Ramsey almost caught up with Sarr but the winger headed in to make it 3-1…
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