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Ben Arfa mocks Emery after Rennes stun Arsenal in Europa

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 08/03/2019

Former Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain star Hatem Ben Arfa couldn’t resist as he mocks his ex-coach, Unai Emery after Rennes stun 3-1 Arsenal at Roazhon Park.

The Ligue 1 outfit take a two-goal lead advantage to Emirates Stadium next Thursday after capitalise on Sokratis Papastathopoulos' first-half dismissal to take control of their Europa League last-16 tie in north-west France.

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The 31-year-old playmaker as a strained relationship with the Arsenal manager after the Spaniard froze him out during his spell in charge of Paris Saint-Germain consigning him to the club’s reserves for around 15 months.

Ben Arfa is now suing his former club for a loss of earnings and he took a dig at Emery after Rennes’ win, claiming the Spaniard ‘hasn’t changed’.

The Tunisian descent told reporters after the game via Sky Sports: "My motivation was to play a solid match, to win and get ourselves into a good position to go through.

"That's what was in my head. But I did see the same Emery, as agitated as ever. I looked over at him a few times and that made me laugh a little. He hasn't changed.

"I told some friends before the match that my prediction was that we would win 3-1 or 4-1. We didn't manage to get the fourth but my prediction was right."

Despite the positive result, the former Marseille and Newcastle attacker maintains Arsenal are the favourites for the tie ahead of next week's return leg at the Emirates Stadium.

"Arsenal are still the favourites," he claimed. "We will have to score at least one, maybe two goals.

"To be the first team to beat Arsenal in France [means] we are making our own history. I'm happy and proud to make people happy [but there] is a return match."
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