Unai Emery Hails Arsenal Effort After Rennes Victory

Unai Emery is very proud after Arsenal’s brilliant victory over Rennes.

The Gunners are through to the quarters of the Europa League after a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace inspired a 3-0 victory over the French side. On the back of a clinical 3-0 win over Manchester United, the onus was on the North Londoners to maintain the winning momentum.

Aubameyang set up the tone of the match with a very early breakthrough and the Gunners went on to dominate the whole clash Arsenal’s qualification means this is the first team six English teams have reached the quarter finals in Europe in a season.

Emery said, “We can be proud of our supporters and players today because it has been a very difficult week. We played Manchester United on Sunday and today against Rennes after we were away in the first leg.

“I think today we played very consistently over 90 minutes, being competitive without the ball and very serious defensively. I missed more control with the ball, more possession but they used a lot of players in attacking third and give us a lot of positivity to attack the space against them and run more in the transition.

“It is not all like we wanted with the control, but I think as a competitive match, we did very well.

“It has given us a big confidence on Sunday against Manchester United and today, the same I think with this performance and victory. This comeback was very difficult but I think our reaction is very good.

“Playing under pressure is good. Playing under pressure and growing up under pressure, each player, as a team, they feel difficult moments to give us our best performance. For us, today and Sunday, we are aware of playing competitively and I think it is good confidence for us to feel that.”