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Unai Emery rejects talk of tiredness before Arsenal face Rennes

• Head coach says team have prepared well during critical week
• Europa League tie sits between Spurs and Man United games

Unai Emery did not pack easy excuses when he travelled to France for Thursday’s Europa League first leg with Rennes. The last-16 tie falls at an awkward time for Arsenal, after the north London derby last weekend and just before the Premier League meeting on Sunday with Manchester United, which could have big ramifications for Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four. But the Spaniard will not tolerate any talk of tiredness.

“That is not an excuse for us,” Emery said. “We have the habit to play a lot of matches. We played on Saturday, had a day’s rest and then began working for the Rennes match. It is a very important match. We need to do it all individually and collectively.”

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