Hatem Ben Arfa believes “agitated” Arsenal boss Unai Emery “hasn’t changed” since their time at Paris Saint-Germain together.
The Gunners suffered more away day blues as their 10 men were well beaten by Rennes in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie in France.
Arsenal raced into an early lead courtesy of Alex Iwobi’s fortuitous cross after three minutes but a red card for Sokratis Papastathopoulos just before half-time turned the game in favour of Rennes.
Ben Arfa, facing his former PSG boss Unai Emery, looked sharp as a stunning strike from Benjamin Bourigeaud immediately after the red card, Nacho Monreal’s own goal and a late Ismaila Sarr header saw the hosts run out deserved 3-1 winners.
Ben Arfa, who is currently suing PSG for loss of earnings, fell out with Emery during his time at Parc des Princes with the Spaniard relegating him to the reserve team for around 15 months.
“My motivation was to play a solid match, to win and get ourselves into a good position to go through,” said Ben Arfa.
“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.”