Arsenal's Lacazette banned for both Europa League last-16 legs

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will play no part against Rennes in the last 16 of the Europa League due to suspension.

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette.   -  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Alexandre Lacazette will miss Arsenal's entire Europa League last-16 tie after the striker was handed a three-game suspension following his sending off against BATE.

France forward Lacazette was shown a straight red for elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic in the late stages of last week's 1-0 loss away to BATE and will no play no part in either of next month's matches against Rennes.

The 27-year-old has already served one match of his ban, sitting out the 3-0 home triumph over the Belarusian side in the return encounter at Emirates Stadium, meaning he is free to return for the quarter-finals if Unai Emery's men advance past their Ligue 1 opponents, whom they were drawn against on Friday.

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Arsenal had few troubles in overturning the deficit incurred against BATE as Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos both struck after Zakhar Volkov's early own goal to confirm an ultimately comfortable 3-1 win on aggregate.

Valencia, meanwhile, have lost Geoffrey Kondogbia for both meetings with Krasnodar after UEFA punished the midfielder for deliberately picking up a booking in their first-leg victory against Celtic.

Kondogbia was cautioned for time wasting in Glasgow in an apparent attempt to serve a yellow-card ban before the last 16, which he will now sit out.

UEFA's decision is a timely one with the governing body investigating Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos after he allegedly committed a similar act away to Ajax in the Champions League knockout rounds.

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