Following a frosty relationship during their time at Paris Saint Germain, Ben Arfa revealed that he was happy to see Emery suffer in the 3-1 loss, "My motivation was to play a solid match, 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."
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the Rennes clash, Emery revealed that he holds Ben Arfa in high regard, "He’s a very good player and we respect him a lot. My focus is on preparing for the match against Rennes and on each player with his quality. We respect them and him a lot."