Arsenal Trail After First Leg
Arsenal boss Unai Emery says the club want to continue playing top matches despite recent slip-ups in the Europa League.
The Gunners go into tonight’s Round of 16 clash at the Emirates with French side Rennes 3-1 down after the first leg. It was a similar story in the first leg when Arsenal lost the first leg to another unfancied side, BATE Borisov, before triumphing in the home tie.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Emery reiterated his demand for games against “difficult” opposition.
“We are very demanding of ourselves. For us, it’s one positive issue because we want to play big matches, tough matches against the best teams,” he said.
“And in the Europa League we are finding some results like the last round against BATE Borisov with difficulty. This round is the same with a bad result in the first match and for us it’s a tough match tomorrow.
“But our demands to get our best performance is in each training and each match, very high. I want to play matches that are difficult, with difficult results or with difficult players.
“Tomorrow is one match. We need to be together and create a big atmosphere in the Emirates with our supporters to help us to do the best performance possible in 90 minutes.
“We need to play with high emotion with our supporters but taking decisions on the pitch cleverly with our mind.
“This is both important issues that we need to control over 90 minutes and maybe more.”
Arsenal go into the game off the back of a 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the Premier League last Sunday. But Emery doesn’t accept that his side are favourites to go through.
“I don’t think about that. I only want to play the best possible match, doing all we can, with each player and the team.
“In the first 90 minutes, they beat us and tomorrow, we will want to show here it can be different.
“But with a big respect to them and also knowing we need all the players with the focus and to control our emotions and control the different situations and scenarios that can come in the 90 minutes.
“This is our way and our match for tomorrow.”