UEL final: Emery gives credit to Arsenal after Villarreal’s win over Man United
Villarreal boss, Emery has credited Arsenal for being part of his journey to winning the Europa League this season.
Villarreal defeated Manchester United in a penalty shootout in Gdansk on Wednesday evening to win Europe’s second most prestigious club competition.
The victory was the fourth for Emery and the first major trophy in Villarreal’s history.
Emery defeated his former club, Arsenal in the semi-finals to set up a final with another English side, Manchester United.
During his time as Arsenal boss, the Spaniard led the Gunners to another Europa League final but his side were beaten by Chelsea.
He was sacked six months after the defeat in that final but the former Sevilla boss believes that setback at Arsenal has helped him develop as a coach.
“I believe it’s not a sporting revenge at all,’ Emery said after Villarreal’s win over United.
“I try to enjoy every moment, winning and losing. I try to create new circumstances, so everywhere I have been, even in England at Arsenal, I have learned a lot, met many people, other cultures and football.
“At the end of that story was professional frustration, but some other doors opened then.
“Winning today is a satisfaction, but for my club today, as it was when I was at Sevilla.
“When I was at Arsenal, we played a Europa League final and could not win but it is a process, from that.