Hatem Ben Arfa Admits He Laughed 'A Little' At Unai Emery During Arsenal's Defeat To Rennes
It's safe to say Hatem Ben Arfa enjoyed Thursday's victory over Arsenal.
The former Premier League ace starred for Rennes as they beat Arsenal 3-1 in the Europa League round of 16 first-leg, and he's admitted to laughing at his former manager Unai Emery.
Ben Arfa has a rocky relationship with Emery after he excluded him from his spell in charge at Paris Saint-Germain.
And after beating Arsenal, the Frenchman was asked whether the result gave him extra pleasure because Emery was in the opposite dug-out.
"No, my motivation was to play a solid match," he said.
:speaking_head: Ben Arfa after beating Arsenal: "I did see the same Emery, as agitated as ever. I looked over at him a few times and that made me laugh a little. He hasn't changed."- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) March 8, 2019
Safe to say he enjoyed last night :joy: pic.twitter.com/sbV38fJV7M
"To win and get ourselves into a good position to go through. That's what was in my head. But I did see the same Emery, as agitated as ever. I looked over at him a few times and that made me laugh a little. He hasn't changed," he added.
"I told some friends before the match that my prediction was that we would win 3-1 or 4-1. We didn't manage to get the fourth but my prediction was right."
Hatem Ben Arfa: "Before the game, we were not favourites. Today, after this 3-1, we are favourites. Some people will say the opposite. But I say we are favourites. And we will go to London to win."- Get French Football News (@GFFN) March 7, 2019
The ex-Newcastle United and Hull City winger didn't get on the score-sheet but he was instrumental in the attacking third as his side bagged three goals versus the Gunners.
Alex Iwobi gave the visitors an early lead though they were reduced to 10 men after Sokratis Papastathopoulos was shown a red card for two bookable offences.
Benjamin Bourigeaud drew the hosts level with Nacho Monreal scoring an own goal after the break.
Budding prospect Ismaila Sarr then added Rennes' third in the 88th minute.
Arsenal will look to turnaround a first-leg deficit when they entertain Rennes next Thursday.