Unai Emery says his players shouldn’t feel burdened by the must-win nature of their remaining games insisting they should harness the pressure to prepare as best they can for the upcoming tests.
It’s no secret that the next six days will go a long way to defining Arsenal’s season with league encounters against Watford and Crystal Palace sandwiching a trip to Napoli.
Victories on the domestic front and the avoidance of a two-goal defeat in Italy will ensure we continue fighting for Champions League qualification on two fronts, defeats, on the other hand, could make life very difficult in the final month of the campaign.
“I think that, here, every player has the habits to play under pressure,” Emery told Arsenal.com ahead of Monday’s trip to Vicarage Road.
“For me, playing under pressure is our demand to prepare the best we possibly can for each match, and not feel a negative issue with playing under pressure.
“And [manage] the feeling that we are playing with a big demand on ourselves to do something important.
“Our habit is to play against the best teams in the best moments in the key matches.
“We are going to play like that against the big teams, against the teams for us in the Premier League, which are very important matches because those teams are going to fight hard against us.
“Our demand is to prepare as best as possible for each match.”
Here’s hoping our lads can demonstrate the necessary ‘cojones’ this week…or ‘balls’ as they say in Spain.