Cape Town - Arsenal manager Unai Emery was pleased to
see his charges beat Qarabag 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday and believes
the win will boost their confidence.
Sokratis put the Gunners in the lead in the
fourth minute of their Group E clash in Azerbaijan and they went into the
half-time break 1-0 ahead. Emery's side then doubled their lead as Emile Smith
Rowe found the back of the net eight minutes into the second half, before
Matteo Guendouzi capped off the win late on.
Emery admits there were moments in the game
when his players struggled but he believes they coped well with the challenges
in the end and are a better team for having gone through the experience.
"I'm very happy because the opposition
was at a good level and with their support, they demanded a lot of us over 90
minutes in the defensive moments," Emery told the press.
"For moments, we lost our position in
possession but it's good because the team learned to suffer when we needed to.
"The victory is good for our
confidence, for our mentality, and it helps us grind out results in difficult
matches, to keep our idea to continue to push, to make the counter with the
"When we lost this, I think the team
learned to suffer and then show our quality in our moments with our individual
Arsenal are at the top of Group E with six
points from two games. They lead Sporting CP on goal difference.