Arsenal manager Unai Emery said it is now a good moment for the English teams in European competition after the Gunners secured their Europa League semi-final ticket at the expense of Napoli.
The Gunners who had won 2-0 in the first leg at the Emirates, travelled to Naples and also picked a 1-0 victory to reach the semi-final on 3-0 aggregate.
Arsenal and Chelsea reached the Europa League semi-final while Liverpool and Tottenham reached the semi-final of the Champions League.
Emery who was happy to have guided the team to the semi-final in his post-match conference said, “I think in my career I have lived through different moments.
Sometimes English teams or Spanish teams or German teams, and now is a good moment for the English teams in Europe. We played against the second team in the Italian league, with very good players, they play very well with their combinations, they played against Liverpool with a big performance and they went out of the Champions League even though they had the same points.
“This is a good result in two legs but we got the result because we respected them a lot. Our respect for them gave us a serious performance over two matches. But Napoli is a big team in Europe, a very big team.
On the success he has recorded with the Gunners so far, the Spaniard said, “I grew up a lot in this competition, the Europa League, and I think it gives us a big opportunity when we can’t play in the Champions League.
“It’s a chance to do something important, this competition is important for us because it gives us a chance to play in the Champions League next year. Our domestic league has a lot of teams trying to get into the [top four], and the Europa League is for me and for us now very important.
“Napoli with their supporters showed us they wanted to do something big, and if we won it’s because we worked very well.
“But I think we deserved to win against them in the two matches, at home and here today because we respected them a lot.
“We worked to cut off their best tactics and individuals with our pressing. We pressed them a lot and we defended very well. We worked very hard in the match.