What Unai Emery told Arsenal’s players before their Europa League win against Rennes


Unai Emery is keen to finish his first season at Arsenal with a trophy (Getty Images)

Unai Emery has revealed he stressed the importance of winning the Europa League to Arsenal’s players before their comeback victory over Rennes on Thursday evening.

The Gunners were chasing a 3-1 defeat from the first leg against the French side but ran out 3-0 winners at the Emirates Stadium to book their place in Friday’s quarter-final draw.

Arsenal are still in the running to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, although winning the Europa League would also mean that the club will be in next season’s Champions League.

But Emery has revealed that he has told Arsenal’s players that they should be ‘excited’ by the prospect of winning a trophy.

‘The Champions League is very important but the Europa League grew up a lot and now is giving every team the possibility to play in the Champions League,’ said Emery.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Rennes (Getty Images)

‘In the domestic league, like here, we have six teams playing to be in the top four.

‘Two teams are going out and the Europa League is giving us a big opportunity also to take one way to go to the Champions League.

‘And also, it’s one title. I said to the players today, I am excited about this competition. It’s not just because you can get to the Champions League through this competition.

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‘It’s also because it’s one title and I think we can feel the possibility to win one title, doing this way with a difficult moment like today and playing also against big teams.

‘But I think we can feel this competition like in the Premier League, to do a good way and create, with our supporters, a big atmosphere and a big feeling together to do this way in the Premier League and also here in the Europa League. Together and stronger.’

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