Unai Emery was not so happy with the performance over the 90 minutes, but still praised the players after the game. Elneny has only one assist as his sole sort of contribution to the Gunners' goals this season. One is Europa League, but to win the Europa League is very hard. "It is my personality (why he was so animated), if in one moment I think it is negative, I would not do it". Following that its Bournemouth at home, Sp*rs away (venue TBA), United at home and Wolves away, so all to play for, especially if we can get something at the new WHL/Wembley/Milton Keynes and then knock the wheels off the United/Solskjaer bandwagon.
"Saturday is a very big opportunity for us", said Emery, who wants a repeat of the form Gunners showed in beating Spurs 4-2 at the Emirates in December and Chelsea 2-0 last month.
"In the Premier League, we also have the possibility to take this position to play in the Champions League next year". They picked up five points against the other teams in the group, so it really was Arsenal that prevented their progress.
While Cech is expected to line up at the Borisov Arena, Emery was again quizzed on the continued absence of Arsenal's highest-earner Mesut Ozil.More news: Insect decline ‘catastrophic’ for planet
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He opted to miss the UEFA Under-19 Championships in Sweden to go on the pre-season tour to Singapore and he established himself in the first team by the start of the Premier League season.
Emery anticipates a hard game against BATE, who finished second behind Chelsea in their group, even though Arsenal beat them 4-2 and 6-0 in their meetings last season. "Bate are involved in European competition every year and have a lot of experience playing in Europe, so it is not going to be easy", Cech said.
"Yes, we are", he replied when asked if Arsenal were ready for the weather conditions in Borisov. It's not an excuse for us, the weather or the pitch. However, Mesut Ozil hasn't made the trip to Belarus despite returning to full training as Emery says he's not yet 100 per cent fully fit.