CALL TO ARMS: Arsenal manager Unai Emery. Photo: Paul Childs/REUTERS

Unai Emery has called on Arsenal to thrive on the pressure of trying to salvage their Europa League hopes against Rennes at 10pm on Thursday.

The Gunners are on the brink of being eliminated in the last-16 following their disappointing 3-1 defeat in France last week.

The Europa League has taken on huge importance to Arsenal this season as they look to qualify for the Champions League next season.

With their top-four aspirations firmly in the balance, the Europa League could yet provide Emery’s side with their best chance of rejoining European football’s elite.

And Emery says: “We are very demanding on ourselves.

BACK: Alexandre Lacazette. Photo: John Sibley/REUTERS

“It is a positive issue. We want to play top matches against the best teams.

“In Europa League, we are finding some results like the last round versus Borisov, difficult.

“It will be a tough match but our demand for our best performance is very high. I want to play matches with difficult results, against tough players.

“We need to be together and create a big atmosphere with our supporters to help us.

“We need to play with high emotion, but taking clever and clear decisions on the pitch. These are both important issues.

“We need to control for 90 minutes, maybe more, we want to control but be on the game.”

The Gunners will be boosted by the availability of striker Alexandre Lacazette, who had a ban which saw him miss the last two matches reduced.

Chelsea, meanwhile, tackle Dynamo Kyiv at 7.55pm, enjoying a 3-0 lead from the first leg.

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