Emery: The primary motivation is winning a trophy

Unai Emery believes winning a trophy with Arsenal is more of a priority than securing Champions League football for next season.

 

The Gunners play Chelsea in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Baku, knowing victory will all but confirm a direct route into the group stages of next year’s elite European competition.

However, Emery who has won the competition with Sevilla on three occasions says his primary motivation is winning a trophy.

When asked on Tuesday if Arsenal have more riding on the final than Chelsea, Emery told Sky: “I think no. Chelsea won this competition with Rafa Benitez and at that moment, there was not the possibility to go to the Champions League through the Europa League.

“The first objective in all teams in the world is to play for the possibility of winning a title. That is the first objective.

“The second is to help us achieve the Champions League through this competition.

Emery explains why Pepe didn’t start for Arsenal

Nicolas Pepe was introduced off the bench in the 2-1 Gunners win over Burnley, and the coach wanted to explain his decision.

“The first target for Arsenal and Chelsea is to play for our supporters and win for our supporters one title.

“We have a big challenge tomorrow, the most important target is to win the title and to play and enjoy one moment like that.”

Arsenal fans will be hoping Mr Europa League replicates his success story with the Gunners as they bid end a 25-year wait for a European title.

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