Arsenal manager Unai Emery has demanded that his side respond to the shock defeat to Rennes in a positive manner when they take on Manchester United on Sunday.
The Gunners slumped to a shock 3-1 defeat at the hands of the French side in Thursday's Europa League tie, but will need to bounce back when they face United, with both sides heavily involved in the battle for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Speaking ahead of Sunday's game, Emery challenged his players to show their strength in response to the disappointing result. He is quoted by Metro as saying: "
"On Friday morning, I was speaking with some players — I want them to help me with big positive energy.
"One player was worse than me, more down than me, and I said to him, 'Let’s speak tomorrow as you are more sad than me'. ‘I want to listen to players with positive energy. I want to hear them say, 'We can do it in the next game'."
The match stands to be a crucial affair in the race for the top four. Arsenal currently find themselves fifth in the table on 57 points, but they are just one point behind United, who could drop out of the top four with a defeat.
Emery's side are unbeaten in their last four matches, including an impressive 1-1 draw with Tottenham last time out, and they will look to continue that run with a positive result at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Source : 90min