"We are going to motivate our players to play well and give a good account of themselves".
The 18-year-old attacking midfielder caught the eye for the Gunners during pre-season, scoring a superb strike against Atletico Madrid in the process, and looks to be a superb alternative to Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey to lead Arsenal's creativity.
The prize money on offer in the Europa League pales in comparison to the Champions League, or indeed in the continent's top domestic leagues.
So Arsenal's journey to the Europa League Final begins tonight against the minnows Vorskla from Poltava in the outer regions of the Ukraine.
The Blues have made a flawless start in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri and will want to go as far in the competition as possible, with a Champions League place next season on offer for the winners should they miss out on the top four once more.
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Leno is set to make his belated debut against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League this evening but will nearly certainly return to the bench for this weekend's Premier League match against Everton. "But it is a long way and we have two chances - the Europa League and the Premier League".
"One thing I learned with Juventus is to have respect for each competition", he added. With new signings such as Lucas Torreira now in the squad and world-class striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang eligible for the competition this season, there is no reason Arsenal can't target a first European trophy since they won the 1994 Cup Winners' Cup in Copenhagen.
"We have four competitions this season".
"I'm in the a year ago of the contract so I guess it depends on my performances, the way I play and the way I stay fit throughout the season".
So although they are not cannon fodder in the Ukraine, this still looks like a pushover for Arsenal and no matter what Unai Emery says, I am sure he will make wholesale changes to the starting line-up.