Arsenal have been finding the UEFA Europa League “difficult,” according to head coach Unai Emery. The Spaniard made the admission ahead of Thursday’s last-16 second leg at home to Rennes.
It could be the Gunners’ last match in this season’s competition after Emery’s men lost the first leg 3-1 in France last week. The result has left Arsenal on the brink, but Emery isn’t giving up hope, per Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail:
“In Europa League we are finding some results like the last round versus Borisov, difficult.
“It will be a tough match but our demand for our best performance is very high. I want to play matches with difficult results, against tough players. Tomorrow we need to be together and create a big atmosphere with our supporters to help us.”
“We need to play with high emotion, but taking clever and clear decisions on the pitch. These are both important issues. We need to control for 90 minutes, maybe more, we want to control but be on the game.”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan misses out through injury while Sokratis Papastathopoulos serves a suspension after his first half red in Brittany last week.