Emery reveals the key difference in Arsenal’s second leg win over BATE

Date published: Thursday 21st February 2019 8:30

Unai Emery praised the impact Arsenal’s Europa League win over BATE Borisov will have on their mentality, as the Gunners booked their place in the Last 16.

Arsenal had to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, but got the job done with a 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Defensive pair Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos added to a BATE own goal to ensure Emery’s men progressed.

And the coach was very impressed with the way his side went about their business.

He told BT Sport: “We wanted this result but also we wanted to play for our supporters here, to improve and build our mentality after first match away, which was not good. We did our best to come back [in the tie] and the team worked very well.

“But we also had to take precautions because if they scored they can be back in the match. Our message was if we score, carry on. If we scored two, carry on. Carry on and carry on. We needed two, three or four goals for more precaution in the 90 minutes.

“The players did our game plan as we wanted and they arrived in the box a lot with a lot of crosses. And we showed the efficiency we went, which we didn’t have away.”

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