Robert Pires backs Arsenal to win the Europa League and secure a place in the top four 

Image result for robert piresThe Gunners are set to take on Rennes in the second leg of their last-16 Europa League tie on Thursday, and the north London club face the task of overcoming a 1-3 aggregate scoreline .

But despite being on the wrong side of defeat last time out, Pires has backed his former club to turn the tie around and advance to the competition’s last eight over the Ligue 1 club.

"I'm confident and positive, like the players. All of the players and Unai Emery know that they played bad against Rennes, but this is football,” Pires told Marca .

“Maybe it's because Rennes played well. The atmosphere was very good, the fans added pressure and unfortunately Sokratis [Papastathopoulos] was sent off, but we have a second chance at home at the Emirates.

“It's strange, but maybe after the Manchester United win I have a good feeling. Anything is possible because when Arsenal play at home they can beat any team."

Pires has also been impressed by Emery’s work at the Gunners this season since coming in to the replace Arsene Wenger in the dugout.

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