Arsenal manager Emery says his team must be ready for long trips

By Reuters: Sunday, September 2nd 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Football
Arsenal boss Unai Emery [COURTESY]

Arsenal can compete for the Europa League title but the players must first cope with the long-distance travel during their group-stage matches, manager Unai Emery said on Friday.

The north London side, who reached the semi-finals of Europe’s second-tier competition last season, were handed a logistical challenge when they were pitted against Ukraine’s Vorskla Poltava, Qarabag of Azerbaijan and Portugal’s Sporting in Group E.

“First it’s three teams and we’ll have the recipe for them. After this, we want to go far in this competition,” said Emery, who has won the Europa League three times with Sevilla.

“Each match is different and each match involves a lot of travel.

“The adaptation for these three teams needs to be positive and we need to face them with ambition and our interest to do well in the competition.”

Arsenal have a packed schedule after the international break playing four matches in nine days.

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