Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been speaking about what his team can expect this evening in the Europa League clash against French side Rennes.
Emery specifically pointed out the danger Hatem Ben Arfa will pose for his team, calling him a very good player who is very important to Rennes.
“He’s a very good player and he’s playing with big performances,” Emery said. “We know they have good organisation and good players – and one is Ben Arfa.
“We need to control his quality and his skills because in the two matches they played against Betis he played very well with big performances.
“But it’s not only Ben Arfa, they have Sarr, Grenier, Bourigeaud, Andre and some good defensive players. It’s all the players. But mostly, Ben Arfa is very important for them
“They played very well again Real Betis in the two games [in the last-32], and they deserve to be here. They have very good organisation defensively and offensively. They have very good players and we know for them it’s an important moment, and for us it’s the same.
“We’ll prepare for the match thinking the best of them, wanting to stop their good players, but to impose our gameplan with our capacity and quality. We know we need to play two matches with big performances [to go through].”
Emery previously managed Ben Arfa at Paris Saint Germain and knows exactly what sort of player he is and what he is capable of and will have drilled into his players what they can expect this evening in France.
It is an advantage for Arsenal that they have a manager that knows French football so intimately and he will no doubt use that advantage to ensure that the Gunners come away with a good result this evening.
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