Unai Emery has reacted to today’s Europa League draw which sees us face Sporting Lisbon, Qarabag of Azerbaijan, and Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava.
The Spaniard has a fantastic track record in the competition, winning it in three successive seasons with Sevilla, and he says he wants Arsenal to go as far as possible, knowing that winning it provides entry into next season’s Champions League as well as a trophy for the cabinet.
Speaking earlier today, he said, “First it’s three teams and we’ll have the recipe for them. After this, we want to go far in this competition.
“Each match is different and each match involves a lot of travel. For some, the travel is very long but it’s like that. The adaptation for these three teams needs to be positive and we need to face them with ambition and our interest to do well in the competition.”
The trip to Portugal is relatively easy, but the travel to Azerbaijan – which comes with other complications – and Ukraine will add to a hectic schedule, and Emery is determined to use the full depth of his squad during the group stages.
“When you play two matches in a week, you have more time to prepare for the matches, to prepare the players physically,” he said.
“When you play three matches in a week, it’s hard. There’s less time to prepare for the match and work physically, but we want it like that. We want to play three matches in a week with the league and the cups.
“After the international break, we are going to play a lot of matches. In this moment, we are not playing every player in this squad because we’re only playing one match every week.
“But I am sure we’re going to use a lot of players after this international break.”