Qarabag win boost our con­fi­dence -Emery

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - Sport24

Arse­nal man­ager Unai Emery was pleased to see his charges beat Qarabag 3-0 in the Europa League on Thurs­day and be­lieves the win will boost their con­fi­dence.

Sokratis put the Gun­ners in the lead in the fourth minute of their Group E clash in Azer­bai­jan and they went into the half-time break 1-0 ahead. Emery's side then dou­bled their lead as Emile Smith Rowe found the back of the net eight min­utes into the sec­ond half, be­fore Mat­teo Guen­douzi capped off the win late on.

Emery ad­mits there were mo­ments in the game when his play­ers strug­gled but he be­lieves they coped well with the chal­lenges in the end and are a bet­ter team for hav­ing gone through the ex­pe­ri­ence.

"I'm very happy be­cause the


op­po­si­tion was at a good level and with their sup­port, they de­manded a lot of us over 90 min­utes in the de­fen­sive mo­ments," Emery told the press.

"For mo­ments, we lost our po­si­tion in pos­ses­sion but it's good be­cause the team learned to suf­fer when we needed to.

"The vic­tory is good for our con­fi­dence, for our men­tal­ity, and it helps us grind out re­sults in dif­fi­cult matches, to keep our idea to con­tinue to push, to make the counter with the ball.

"When we lost this, I think the team learned to suf­fer and then show our qual­ity in our mo­ments with our in­di­vid­ual qual­ity."

Arse­nal are at the top of Group E with six points from two games. They lead Sport­ing CP on goal dif­fer­ence.

PLEASED: Arse­nal man­ager Unai Emery.

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