Unai Emery challenged his Arsenal players to win a title before they came from behind on aggregate to beat Rennes in the Europa League.

The Gunners trailed the Ligue 1 club by three goals to one after a shock defeat in the first leg of their last-16 clash in France last week.

They had to win the match by at least two goals without conceding to ensure they qualified for the quarter finals in their second fixture at the Emirates.

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But instead ran out 3-0 winners over Rennes with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles getting themselves on the scoresheet.



Unai Emery has challenged his Arsenal players to win a title

After the match Emery revealed what he said to his Arsenal players in the changing room ahead of the fixture to ensure they were motivated to win.

“The Champions League is very important but the Europa League grew up a lot and now is giving every team the possibility to play in the Champions League,” said Emery.

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“In the domestic league, like here, we have six teams playing to be in the top four. Two teams are going out and the Europa League is giving us a big opportunity also to take one way to go to the Champions League.

“And also, it’s one title. I said to the players today, I am excited about this competition. It’s not just because you can get to the Champions League through this competition.

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“It’s also because it’s one title and I think we can feel the possibility to win one title, doing this way with a difficult moment like today and playing also against big teams.

“But I think we can feel this competition like in the Premier League, to do a good way and create, with our supporters, a big atmosphere and a big feeling together to do this way in the Premier League and also here in the Europa League. Together and stronger.”

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