Arsenal got their second successive victory in this season’s Europa League courtesy of a 3-0 win over Azerbaijan side Qarabag.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Emile Smith-Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi all scored their first-ever goals for Arsenal as they eased to the three points in Azerbaijan on Thursday evening. Unai Emery commented on his players performance after the game
On the win and performance
Each match for us is not easy.
First, because when we are playing away we are playing against a good team like Qarabag today with good players and with great ambition and who are excited to play against us.
The first half we suffered, but I want to suffer and to not find easy matches. Then in our moment to show you and them our possibility, our quality. I think today, in the 90 minutes the team worked very well.
On Smith Rowe and what he said to him after he came off
Every player needs to feel that they have the option and chances to play with us, above all the players coming from the academy.
Today they are here. Iliev, Willock, Nketiah and on the pitch Emile Smith Rowe. We want to give them, but also for them to earn their moments on the pitch.
In pre-season for example Smith Rowe worked very well with us and he knows how we play. He is very humble and wants to continue improving and progressing with us in training and in matches like today.
I said to him after that before he had one action and with ambition he can go inside the box and score more.
On what qualities really stand out with Smith Rowe
The quality he has physically and mentally. He also has quality in his right foot, with working in attacking moments with combinations with another player.
But if I say one condition, I say his mentality. He is humble, he listens every day in training, in video analysis and before every match for continuing improving and continuing to take one step more, like today.
The last match he played against Brentford he had three actions in the opposition box and didn’t score, today he had two and scored one. I think this is one step more for him.
But I prefer to not to speak a lot about him, because I think it is better for him to continue to stay humble and to keep his feet on the ground.
On Qarabag – surprised by them?
We saw different matches, in their domestic competition and also in Europe against Sporting Lisbon and the best performance was against Sporting Lisbon.
It was a good match and our respect is more. Here for example, Atletico Madrid didn’t win and they played very well in the Champions League.
That is reason we had respect for them and on the pitch we needed the best performance to win today.
On why he took Monreal off
I changed Monreal because we wanted the second half to play a back four and also to put on the pitch one midfielder more.
On Aubameyang – fit for Sunday?
Aubameyang and Aaron are in London and we will look to see how they are to see if they can play Sunday.
On Iwobi on whether he has to start now on Sunday?
For us each match is very important for players to show us and for them to take responsibility and to take confidence. I am very happy how the players are responding on the pitch. Iwobi and the other players the same.
Then, when the match arrives on Sunday in Fulham, for us it is very important. We are going to find and decide the best first XI to continue this way against a very good team like Fulham.