Very good Europa League draw for Emery, if Arsenal beat Napoli

Because he knows those Spanish clubs.

Arsenal could now play  Chelsea in the final in Baku.

I always had a feeling that the two London clubs would meet and now they can contest a final.

Europa League quarter-finals:

Napoli v Arsenal
Villarreal v Valencia
Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt
Slavia Prague v Chelsea

Semi-final draw is :

Napoli or Arsenal v Villarreal or Valencia
Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt v Slavia Prague or Chelsea


Always thought Arsenal would beat Rennes and emailed a mate who works in the City to predict that his team would win 3-0.

Just before the game I tweeted: My best friend agrees that Arsenal will win 3-0 tonight.He is going to the game. Last thing he said was: Don’t bet on it. I haven’t and wouldn’t. Not since Arsenal 1 Monaco 3.NOT CRAZY ABOUT EMERY’S MIDFIELD FOUR in a 3-4-1-2. 

Just before kick-off I tweeted again.

ARSENAL WILL SET A FEROCIOUSLY HIGH TEMPO- and then crank it up. Expect a rocking night and a 3-0 win.

Two clean sheets in key games is big for the  new Head Coach and he knows he will need more clean sheets.

Emery said, “To play under pressure is good. They are growing up under pressure. Each player and the team. I feel a difficult moment gives us our best performance. Today and Sunday, we were being competitive. It is a good coincidence for us to feel that.”

Beating Manchester United 2-0 and Rennes 3-0 is vital because those results create confidence and momentum.

We don’t see the same complacency these days because this guy is a combative interventionist coach who switches his team around to adapt to his opponents and nullify their strengths. He reacts early to problem areas that could affect the result.

In the Europa League he’s already used 30 players. More than any other coach in the competition.

That’s fine. He can afford to lose some rhythm as long as he doesn’t concede goals because all the teams left in the Europa League are probably superior to Rennes.

Napoli are one of the best teams in the last eight.