Emery calls on Arsenal to summon up the spirit of Rafa Nadal ahead of Europa League final
Unai Emery is calling on his Arsenal side to summon up the spirit of tennis icon Rafael Nadal as they prepare to go in search of major silverware in the Europa League final.
The Gunners are set to face Premier League rivals Chelsea in a showpiece event on May 29.
A date in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku has sparked plenty of controversy, around tickets and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s absence, but a trophy and potential Champions League qualification is on the line.
Emery is hoping to see his team prevail, having previously claimed the Europa League crown on three previous occasions.
He is aware that fierce determination and belief will be required in order to get over the line, with fellow Spaniard and 17-time Grand Slam winner Nadal held up as a perfect role model for those seeking to bring tangible success back to north London.
“I read his book and I know some things about his history and he is work, work, work,” Emery told Arsenal Player of a countryman currently readying himself for a shot at a 12th French Open triumph.