Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Unai Emery hails Arsenal for 'growing up under pressure' after Europa win

Unai Emery hails Arsenal for 'growing up under pressure' after Europa win

The win for Arsenal confirmed that six English teams will compete in the quarter-finals across the Europa League and Champions League.

With Spain lacking their usual dominating presence in the latter stages of UEFA's two premier club competitions, few domestic advocates will have been too overjoyed with Villarreal and Valencia being drawn together in the Europa League quarter-final.

With the Ligue 1 side leading 3-1 from the first leg, Aubameyang and Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored in the first 15 minutes of Thursday's return to draw Arsenal level on aggregate.

'We were confident. We knew after the first leg even if we lost, if we played our game we could win and go to the next round'.

"For us, today and Sunday, we are aware of playing competitively and I think it is good confidence for us to feel that". "First of all, because it means we are in the final and I am happy with that", Sarri said. I think it makes the Premier League very interesting and we're of course proud to have progressed in the Europa League'.

Very hard week, United on Sunday and Rennes today.


But Arsenal's tempo slipped and a run from Hatem Ben Arfa - an outcast under current Gunners boss Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain - ended with a tame shot at Petr Cech.

'It's really important, obviously it's always very hard when you lose the first game, ' he replied when asked how key a positive result will be in the first leg next time round.

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 hard moment like today and playing also against big teams.

"I said to the players this competition is exciting not just because it gets in the Champions League, but also it's a title".

"They don't have enough big games and then in the Champions League when you come to the moment when you are under pressure, they are not used to it".

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