Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has hailed his side’s ability to cope with pressure after they came back from a 3-1 loss in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie against Rennes.
Arsenal defeated the French Ligue 1 side 3-0 on Thursday night to advance 4-3 on aggregate to the quarter-finals of Europe’s second-tier club competition.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck either side of an Ainsley Maitland-Niles goal as the North London side joined local rivals, Chelsea.
“This comeback was very difficult, but I think the reaction was very good from every player,” Emery was quoted by NAN as telling reporters at post-match.
“We can be proud of our players today because it was a very difficult week — (Manchester) United on Sunday and today against Rennes.
“Playing under pressure is good, growing up under pressure — with each player playing like a team and feeling the difficult moments to give us our best performance,” Emery added.
“I said to the players today (Thursday), I’m excited (about) this competition, but it’s exciting not only for the possibility to go to the UEFA Champions League, but also because it’s one title.
“Today (Thursday), Inter (Milan) are out, Sevilla are out — a big surprise. And the last teams, they are all very important, and it’s going to be very difficult.
“We are going to think the same before every match. The next match is the most important for us.”Source: