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Unai Emery hails Arsenal for 'growing up under pressure' after Europa win

Unai Emery hails Arsenal for 'growing up under pressure' after Europa win

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery insists winning the Europa League is more than just qualifying for the Champions League as he targets a trophy during his first season in charge.

We take a look at each side's run-in as they prepare to juggle their Champions League and Europa League commitments with the Premier League title race and the battle for the top four.

Concise News understands that Arsenal will battle the Italian side in the next phase of the competition after seeing off Rennes in the round of 16. "The next match is the most important for us", Emery said.

However, rather than be inspired, Julien Stephan's side seemed intimidated by their surroundings early on to concede twice inside 15 minutes.

The win for Arsenal confirmed that six English teams will compete in the quarter-finals across the Europa League and Champions League.

Ismaila Sarr scored the third goal for his side last week but the Rennes winger struggled to make a positive impression in the second leg.

Aubameyang clearly picked up the ball in an offside position and his cross was put into the net by Maitland-Niles.

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"Nothing was in the way of the assistant referee, who took much less time to raise his flag in the second half (when Rennes were attacking)".

"I was really happy (when I heard I could play)", he said, having missed the defeat in Rennes.

"We can be proud of our players today because it was a very hard week - (Manchester) United on Sunday and today against Rennes".

And Aubameyang - who has previously celebrated goals with Batman and Spider-Man masks - had a special celebration up his sleeve, wearing Black Panther headgear from the Marvel superhero film.

He also told reporters the mask "represented him", adding: "In Gabon, we call the national team the Panthers".

Arsenal have become the sixth Premier League team to move ahead to the next stage of a European competition after they beat Rennais at the Emirates Stadium.