Arsenal boss Unai Emery has set his sights on winning another Europa League trophy with his current team ahead of their showdown with Valencia at the Mestalla on Thursday evening.
The Gunners are just 90 minutes away from booking their place in the competition’s final after a convincing 3-1 at the Emirates last week.
Having failed to secure a Champions League qualification via the League route after their 1-1 draw with Brighton, Arsenal players reckon there is no room for slip-ups in the Europa League.
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However, Emery is fired up to win the Europa League this season not only to book their qualification into the Champions League next season but to also add more silverware to the trophy cabinet at Arsenal.
The 47-year-old won three successive Europa League titles during his time at Sevilla and is keen for further success.
“I first competed for this title here at Valencia when it was still the UEFA Cup and was a lesser title than I think it is now,” he said via Daily Mail.
“It has grown. It’s an important title for all those teams that are not in the Champions League – and for some who drop into it as a second chance, like Valencia this season.
“It’s a title they all want to win. Giving teams a Champions League place through the Europa League is a fair reward. I have seen that shift.
“The first time I won it with Sevilla, we didn’t get Champions League access; the second time, we did.
“It’s an attractive title and it’s getting more attractive: we’ve seen Manchester United, Atletico, Sevilla against Liverpool.
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“The demands are high and everyone wants 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 (still) exist, so I have a lot of ambition to win a title.