Arsenal defeated Rennes on Thursday in the Europa League 3-0 (agg 4-3)
By Charlotte Marsh in the Emirates
Last updated: 14.03.19 23:47
Unai Emery says he is proud of a "difficult week" in which Arsenal defeated Manchester United and came back against Rennes to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
After a 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Premier League, Arsenal had to win against Rennes on Thursday in the Emirates after losing 3-1 in the last 16 first leg of the Europa League last week.
They coped well when Pierre-Emerick met Aubameyang twice. Ainsley Maitland-Niles also helped defeat the Ligue 1 side 3-0, defeating a 4: 3 aggregate victory in the series.
Emery said, "We can be proud of our supporters and players today because it was a very difficult week, playing against Manchester United on Sunday and against Rennes today after we went away in the first leg.
"I think we played very consistently over 90 minutes today, were competitive without a ball and very seriously defensive, I lost more control with the ball and more possession, but they put a lot of players in attack for the third place and give us a lot of positivity attack the room against her and run more in the transition.
"It's not all we wanted to control, but I think we've done well as a competitive game.
"That gave us great confidence on Sunday against Manchester United, and today I think I have the feeling and the win that made this comeback very difficult, but I think our reaction is very good.
"Under pressure to play is good, being under pressure and growing up under pressure all players as a team feel difficult moments to do our best and for us today and Sunday we are aware that we are competitive and I think it is a good trust for us to feel that. "
Arsenal is still one of the favorites to win the Europa League – a competition that Emery has won three times as a coach – and he affirms that this is not an easy task.
He added, "These two games have given us a very difficult journey, for example Inter and Sevilla are out of the competition today, the last teams are very important teams and it will be very difficult.
"But we will think the same either before this match or on Sunday against Manchester United, the next game is the most important for us and the competition is the same, after 15 days against Newcastle we will play in the Premier League and we will focus on that Prepare games [treating] it is the most important thing.
"The Europa League offers us a great opportunity to make our way towards the Champions League, there is a title, I told the players today, it is exciting in the competition, but it is not only exciting to be in the Champions League It's also because it's a title.
"I think we can feel the positive attitude of winning a title [it] to play with difficult moments like today and against big teams.
"In this competition, as in the Premier League, we can feel that we are making good progress and creating a great atmosphere with our supporters and a great feeling of achieving this together in the Premier League and the Europa League."
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