Arsenal was knocked out in the semi-finals of last season’s competition by eventual winners Atletico Madrid, but in Emery, they have a true Europa specialist at the helm.
The Spanish coach won three back-to-back Europa League trophies between 2014 and 2016 and will be confident that he has a squad capable of adding a fourth to his honors list this year.
Arsenal will face BATE Borisov in their Europa League last-32 first leg tie without Aaron Ramsey or Mesut Ozil on Thursday night.
While Petr Cech is expected to line up at the Borisov Arena, Unai Emery was quizzed on the continued absence of Arsenal’s highest-earner Ozil.
The forward has found himself on the periphery of the Arsenal side under Emery and missed the weekend win at Huddersfield through illness.
He was not part of the traveling party to Minsk on Wednesday evening and neither was Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey. Emery explained the decision was not a tactical one.
While temperatures in Belarus hover around zero, Emery insists his side will have no excuses to get a positive result.
Team News of BATE vs Arsenal
Arsenal will be without Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey for the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 clashes with BATE Borisov.
Neither player traveled to Belarus, with Ozil still feeling the effects of illness and Ramsey missing training during the week with a knee complaint.
Granit Xhaka (groin) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (illness) are back but Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding remain sidelined.
Arsenal has been boosted by the news that midfielder Granit Xhaka has returned to training and has made the squad.
Arsenal XI: Cech, Mavropanos, Mustafi, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Willock, Suarez, Nketiah, Saka, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette
Score prediction: BATE 1-3 Arsenal
TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2.
BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
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The sides have faced each other twice before in the 2017-18 Europa League group stages, with Arsenal beating BATE 4-2 away and 6-0 at home.