A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang either side of Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ first Arsenal goal in Europe saw the Gunners overturn their 3-1 first-leg defeat against Rennes to ensure their name is in the hat for Friday’s draw.
Every English side in European competition this season has reached the quarter-final stage, proving just how tough it will be for those seeking a top-four place in the Premier League to ensure they qualify for the Champions League on that front.
A Europa League title would see Arsenal make their return to Uefa’s top club competition next season regardless of their top-flight finish, but Emery says it must be treated as more than merely a means of qualification.
“I knew in the Champions League and the Europa League, in different moments it is sometimes Spanish clubs, other times English clubs or Italian or German clubs,” Emery said of the English presence in Europe this season.
“But it is one thing. Champions League is very important but the Europa League grew up a lot and now is giving every team the possibility to play in the Champions League.
“In the domestic league, like here, we have six teams playing to be in the top four. Two teams are going out and the Europa League is giving us a big opportunity also to take one way to go to the Champions League. And also, it's one title.
“I said to the players today,” he continued. “I am excited about this competition. It’s not just because you can get to the Champions League through this competition. It's also because it's one title and I think we can feel the possibility to win one title, doing this way with a difficult moment like today and playing also against big teams.
“But I think we can feel this competition like in the Premier League, to do a good way and create, with our supporters, a big atmosphere and a big feeling together to do this way in the Premier League and also here in the Europa League. Together and stronger.”
Arsenal will now not play again until April 1, when Newcastle visit north London, thanks to their lack of FA Cup involvement and the upcoming international break, though Emery feels the break could be of benefit to his squad.
“It's also giving us some days off to rest,” he said. “But we are going to continue working next week.
"We are going to go to Dubai and some players are going to their national teams and in two weeks we are going to prepare against Newcastle, an exciting moment and the next matches in the Europa League. I think we have the possibility in the next month to do something important.”