Unai Emery has again insisted that tomorrow night’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Valencia is ’50-50′ but that he’ll send his team out to win the game.
Arsenal take a 3-1 lead to the Mestalla, with the home side’s away goal last week in London at the back of their minds. However, the Spaniard was in a positive frame of mind about the fixture, and wants his players to approach the game in the same way.
Speaking at his press conference this evening, Emery said, “We are in a 50/50 for two teams and after the first leg, the result has not changed my ideas.
“Tomorrow is going to be very difficult here and we can take some examples, not just yesterday but also in the past.
“But knowing it is difficult here, we are going to play with all our ambition, with full motivation and the preparation needs to be good for this match.”
The Gunners will be hoping that their recent domestic form doesn’t follow them into this one, but having beaten Valencia in the first leg and Napoli in both legs of the previous round, Emery is confident we can make the final in Baku.
“We want to play for the possibility to take one title and the second is to enter the Champions League, if we win that,” he continued.
“We knew it was going to be difficult and we finished in the Premier League without that possibility, but we are in this competition with that opportunity tomorrow.
“With big ambition, a strong mentality and full motivation we can do it. I want to enjoy tomorrow, I want to play in matches like that, these moments – semi-finals against difficult teams, away – for one important target.
“After that, I think it is all positive for us.”