Arsenal manager,Unai Emery has rained praises on his players after defeating Napoli to progress to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Emery’s side had 2-0 advantage from the first leg with Alexandre Lacazette firing in the only goal of the match in the 36th-minute through free-kick during 2nd-leg to knock out Napoli on a much-deserved 3-0 aggregate win.
Arsenal have now kept six clean sheets in their last seven games and not conceded in consecutive away matches across all competitions for the first time since January 2017.
And Emery was pleased with the performance of his team in what is often a hostile environment at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples.
”I am very proud of my players and of our work,’ he said.
”We show the players have the habit to play matches against good teams, in a good atmosphere, and show big personality.
”We wanted to keep the ball more but we didn’t do all we wanted.
”Positioning we were very good and doing good pressing.
”The Gunners fell at the last-four stage to Atletico Madrid a year ago and La Liga opposition again stands in their way of reaching the final in Baku on May 29 with Emery’s former club Valencia up next.
Unai Emery has won more knockout games in the Europa League with three consecutive titles while at Sevilla.
”I grew up a lot in this competition,’ added the Spaniard.
”The Europa League gives us a big opportunity to do something important, to play in the Champions League.
”It’s a title and gives us the possibility to play in the Champions League when in our domestic league a lot of teams are trying to take it.
”The Europa League is for us now with Premier League a very important competition, he added.