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Published: 08:53 | 15/3/19

Emery excited by Europa League progress


Unai Emery is excited at the prospect of Arsenal winning the Europa League in his first season in charge at the Emirates Stadium.

Emery won the competition in three successive years during his time at Sevilla and the Gunners remain in the hunt for the trophy after overturning a 3-1 first-leg deficit to beat Rennes 3-0 on Thursday night.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice and Ainsley Maitland-Miles netted the other as the Gunners ran out comfortable winners to advance to the quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

The winners of the Europa League are guaranteed a place in next season’s Champions League and, with Arsenal currently in a battle for a top four finish in the Premier League, Emery knows it could be another way of of playing in the elite club competition. But he insists winning a trophy is just as important.

"The Champions League is very important but the Europa League grew up a lot and now is giving every team the possibility to play in the Champions League," he said.

"In the domestic league, like here, we have six teams playing to be in the top four. Two teams are going out and the Europa League is giving us a big opportunity also to take one way to go to the Champions League.

"And also, it's one title. I said to the players today, I am excited about this competition. It's not just because you can get to the Champions League through this competition.

"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 difficult moment like today and playing also against big teams."

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