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Emery urges Arsenal to turn attention to Valencia clash

By Opta
Arsenal - cropped

London, April 28: Unai Emery has urged Arsenal to forget their 3-0 thumping by Leicester City and swiftly turn their attention to Thursday's Europa League semi-final against Valencia.

The Gunners slumped to a third consecutive Premier League defeat on Sunday at the King Power Stadium, harming their chances of securing a top-four finish.

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Brendan Rodgers' side took full advantage of Ainsley Maitland-Niles' first-half dismissal for the Gunners as Youri Tielemans put the Foxes ahead after 59 minutes before Jamie Vardy added two late goals.

Arsenal could now end the day four points behind the Champions League qualification places.

Their best hope of qualifying for Europe's top table may now lie in winning the Europa League and Emery wants his side fully focused on this week's first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

"We are going to think about Valencia in the Europa League," he told a media conference.

"We have a big ambition in this competition. It's a semi-final and it's going to be difficult also. Then we play on Sunday against Brighton and Hove Albion and we need to win that match.

"At the beginning of the season we knew it was going to be very difficult and today it's the same.

"Our confidence can go up, can go down. But the most important thing is to be clear in our minds and in our way.

"Our way is to think of this semi-final and prepare for the match in the best possible way."

Tielemans' goal was his third in 11 league starts since joining Leicester on loan from Monaco and capped a superb individual display from the Belgium international.

Rodgers would love the 21-year-old to sign a permanent deal with the club but remains unsure whether the Foxes will be able to strike a deal with the Ligue 1 outfit.

When asked if Tielemans would join permanently, Rodgers said: "I am not sure.

"There will be dialogue between the two clubs. He is clearly a player we would like to work with, but I can't add any more to that.

"I can understand the supporters love watching a young player like that and I am sure the club will do everything possible to do that, to bring him in.

"There are things he can't do, but what he is paid to do is create and score. He is doing it very well."

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Story first published: Sunday, April 28, 2019, 21:50 [IST]
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