David versus Goliath in Europa League


"We are going to motivate our players to play well and give a good account of themselves".

Stephan Lichtsteiner admits he is hungry to take Arsenal back into the Champions League after the competition returned in style this week. Now we are in the situation that we are playing Europa League and we will try to win that so hopefully next year we can speak about the Champions League.

Now, though, they must switch their focus to the Europa League and the visit of Ukrainian outfit Vorskla to the Emirates on Thursday.

And unlike his predecessor Arsene Wenger, who used David Ospina as his cup goalkeeper throughout the last couple of seasons while Cech played in the Premier League, Emery said his two keepers remain in open competition for every game.

But for a club like Arsenal, who start off at home to Ukraine's Vorskla Poltava, winning the Europa League is still a path into next season's Champions League, while remaining a precious piece of silverware in its own right.

Balancing the squad is crucial though and plenty of rotation is likely during the group stages of Arsenal's Europa League campaign and Emery must use the opportunity to hand chances to this Gunners trio.

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Emery is expected to make wholesale changes to his starting eleven with the likes of Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Sokratis, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all rested ahead of Sunday's clash with Everton.

"We have to work together to improve each other, to get better each day, to make the team win and Arsenal as a club win".

"I always want to do things at 100 percent and you have to be fit enough to do that".

"Everyone thinks we will lose by four or five, but I don't think we will embarrass ourselves by any means", said their midfielder Clement Couturier.

We certainly have the flawless man in charge to achieve that target as Unai Emery won the Europa League three times with Sevilla so the Spaniard obviously knows what it takes to go all the way in knockout competitions.

The coach has already admitted that Bernd Leno will get his debut tonight.