Emery: We’ll play for those who can’t be there

Unai Emery has spoken of his desire to see more supporters in their game against Chelsea but the limited allocation means they can only watch from home.

In a recent interview on the club’s website, Emery highlighted the importance of the fans to the game and wished they had more allocations.

“I think our supporters want to come with us and enjoy with us in the stadium because there are not a lot of times you can play in a final in Europe.

“Every supporter wants to enjoy with the team in this country, but Baku is very far, and they will have to fly because there is not a possibility to drive there. It is expensive too. I prefer to be with them, to enjoy it with them, to have a big atmosphere with our supporters.

“I know Arsenal has a lot of fans around the world and I think in Baku there will be a lot of supporters from other countries closer to Baku and the stadium will be full with 70,000 people and supporters. But really our supporters in London, who are with us at Emirates Stadium and also in the Premier League, I prefer for them to be with us too in this final.”

When asked about the venue and the distance, Emery decided to focus on the desire to win his first title for the Gunners.

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“We can’t speak about that individually, how we feel. But I think it’s most important to think that we want to play the final against Chelsea and we want to show our possibility to win one title.

“Yes, it’s not possible with Mkhitaryan. It’s not possible with all our supporters, as we want. But the final is very important. It’s a shame that not all the supporters can travel to Baku, but they are going to be here at home, enjoying with us through the TV. We need to know that and play for them.”

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