Unai Emery desires to win the Europa League to add anything to the Arsenal trophy cabinet – not just to safe a return to the Champions League.
Following becoming held to a 1-1 house draw by Brighton on Sunday, the Gunners’ hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s best 4 are all but more than.
That indicates Emery should guide his group to Europa League glory if he is to finish his 1st season at the helm by taking Arsenal back to the continent’s elite club competitors.
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Emery returns to former club Valencia on Thursday evening for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final tie getting won the 1st leg three-1 at the Emirates Stadium final week.
The 47-year-old won 3 successive Europa League titles through his time at Sevilla and is keen for additional results.
“I 1st competed for this title right here at Valencia when it was nevertheless the UEFA Cup and was a lesser title than I assume it is now,” he stated.
“It has grown. It is an essential title for all these teams that are not in the Champions League – and for some who drop into it as a second likelihood, like Valencia this season.
“It’s a title they all want to win. Providing teams a Champions League spot by way of the Europa League is a fair reward. I have noticed that shift.
“The 1st time I won it with Sevilla, we didn’t get Champions League access the second time, we did.
“It’s an desirable title and it is finding far more desirable: we’ve noticed Manchester United, Atletico, Sevilla against Liverpool.
“The demands are higher and everybody desires it, as a title, not just a way in (to the Champions League).
“At any club like Arsenal or Valencia, titles have to be the objectives. Arsenal only have two European titles in their history: the old Fairs Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup, neither of which (nevertheless) exist, so I have a lot of ambition to win a title.”
Arsenal could nevertheless meet London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final – but the Blues no longer need to have to win the tournament to play Champions League football subsequent season right after they secured a best-4 finish in the Premier League at the weekend.
But Emery insists he is not feeling any added stress to provide the Europa League title now it remains Arsenal’s only route into the tournament.
“We began with two attainable routes to the Champions League, a single by way of Premier League and second by way of Europa League, and we are speaking about Europa League like it is a single title,” he stated.
“We want to play for the possibility to take the title, and secondly for the Champions League. We know it is going to be complicated and we are completed in the Premier League, no possibility, but we have a possibility in this competitors.
“With huge ambition, complete motivation, sturdy mentality, I want to delight in this game. Games like this, away, complicated group, for an essential target is all constructive for us.
“It (feeling stress) is not a situation for me. I am constructive. I am quite demanding with myself and give my players this mentality we want to do anything essential. I am not feeling stress like a adverse.”