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Emery ‘proud’ after Arsenal overcome ‘very difficult week’ to progress to Europa League quarter finals

Unai Emery says he is ‘proud’ of his players after Arsenal reached the Europa League quarter-finals with a 4-3 aggregate win over Rennes.

Trailing 3-1 from the first leg in France, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s double either side of an Ainsley Maitland-Niles header saw Arsenal triumph 3-0 at The Emirates and advance to the last eight.

The win followed Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester United, which lifted the Gunners back into the Premier League‘s top four as they seek a return to the Champions League next season, with Unai Emery admitting that it has been a tough week.

“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,” Emery said in his post-match press conference.

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“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.”

Arsenal discovered that they will face Napoli in the quarter finals of the Europa League this morning.

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