Triple winner of the Europa League with Sevilla, Unai Emery hopes to bring back a trophy to Villarreal where he is said to be “calmer” after his painful stints at PSG and Arsenal.
Fate is sometimes teasing. A year and a half after his dismissal from Arsenal, Unai Emery finds the Gunners this Thursday, in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League (9 p.m.). The Basque coach’s class has foamed any bitterness between him and the London club. But his stay, marked by a Europa League final lost against Chelsea in 2019 (4-1) and disappointing results in the Premier League, will remain as the failure of the post-Wenger. A failed rebound after two years at Paris Saint-Germain, including the humiliation of the comeback by Barça and the loss of the Ligue 1 title in 2017, to the benefit of Monaco.
But “in Spain, Emery’s accomplishments are highly regarded», Says Javi Mata, journalist for AS and Radio Villarreal. “He is highly respected in La Liga, much more than internationally», Adds Albert Blaya Sensat, freelance journalist based in Catalonia and renowned for his tactical analyzes of the Iberian teams. Recognized player of Spanish D2, Emery rose through the ranks
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