Arsenal manager Unai Emery

Arsenal boss Emery looking forward to ‘difficult’ Rennes encounter

Unai Emery has called on Arsenal fans to ‘create a big atmosphere’ at The Emirates as they prepare for their ‘difficult’ Europa League Round of 16 second leg with Rennes.

Emery’s side face a difficult task to reach the last eight having lost 3-1 in France last week, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos having been sent off in the first half.

Arsenal will be boosted by the return of Alexandre Lacazette from suspension, with UEFA having reduced the forward’s ban for his red card in the previous round on appeal.

‘We are very demanding of ourselves. For us, it’s one positive issue because we want to play big matches, tough matches against the best teams – and in the Europa League we are finding some results like the last round against BATE Borisov with difficulty,’ Emery told the pre-match press conference.

‘This round is the same with a bad result in the first match and for us it’s a tough match tomorrow. But our demands to get our best performance is in each training and each match, very high.’

‘I want to play matches that are difficult, with difficult results or with difficult players. Tomorrow is one match. We need to be together and create a big atmosphere in the Emirates with our supporters to help us to do the best performance possible in 90 minutes.’

‘We need to play with high emotion with our supporters but taking decisions on the pitch cleverly with our mind. This is both important issues that we need to control over 90 minutes and maybe more. We want to control but we want to build on the game because this result is giving us one long match tomorrow.’

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