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

Ross Houston
March 15, 2019

Aiming to become just the second team in Europa League history to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit, after Fulham against Juventus in 2010, Arsenal took no time at all to level up the tie on aggregate.

Nevertheless, Emery said the Champions League, Europe's premier club competition, was not his only focus because the Europa League - which he won three times in a row from 2014 to 2016 as manager of Sevilla - also provides the chance for silverware.

"And also, it's one title".


"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".

The ill-tempered feel to the match continued throughout a nervy second half as a number of strong challenges went unpunished.

The Gabonese striker then proceeded to celebrate by putting on a Black Panther mask, which he was duly booked for by the referee.


Ainsley Maitland-Niles doubled the lead when the former Borussia Dortmund ace floated in a ideal ball for the Arsenal academy graduate.

After the game, he said: 'I needed a mask who represents me.

"Black Panther.in Africa and Gabon we are called the Black Panthers so it represents me - that's it".


Rennes certainly threatened throughout, but just simply didn't have the quality at the back to cope with Arsenal's attacking play. Regarding the Lacazette decision, the commission decided that his elbow against BATE was only worth a two-game ban.

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