What was the message Arsenal Spanish coach sent to his team before Naples win?

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French star revealed how Unai Emery ‘instructed and masterminded’ the side’s excellent Europa League win over Napoli.

The north Londoners travelled to Naples with a two-goal first-leg lead and, after seeing off a few scares from the hosts, went ahead on the night through Lacazette’s excellent free-kick. Emery named a bold starting XI for the game, pairing the French striker with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the first time in an away game since February.

And Lacazette has now revealed that the Spanish coach told his Arsenal players to attack from the off and bag an away goal. He was eager for his side to play attacking, front-foot football rather than just sit on their first-leg lead.

The striker explained to the reporter.

The manager wanted us to score, he knew it was going to be difficult for Napoli to score four goals, Everyone was supportive. We could have played better, done better with the ball, but we’re not going to complain.”

Emery was pleased with how the side carried out his plan, saying:

I’m very proud of my players, very proud of our work. Here we showed the players have the habit to play matches against good teams, good players, good atmosphere like here. We wanted more possession and to control the match with the ball. We didn’t do all I wanted but in the positioning, above all in the first half, we were very good.

We pressed well against them, they want to win back possession with combinations. We did big pressing against them and were in their box on a lot of moments, [creating] the possibility to score. Our objective today was to score, we did that, and after also to win and think to do one step, being consistent in 90 minutes.”

Author’s take:

Unai Emery’s side played in a spectacular manner. The 3-0 victory was very comfortably achieved and the playing strategy really proved that Arsenal are all set to grab the Europa League title this year.

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