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Given their Coach’s pre­vi­ous suc­cess in the Europa League, Ar­se­nal are wellplaced to win this sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion. Stephen Dono­van looks more closely at the Spa­niard’s fine record.

Ar­se­nal’s per­for­mances and re­sults in the group stage of the Europa

League sug­gest that they are go­ing to ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to stop for any of this sea­son’s lead­ing con­tenders. For Unai Emery, it was sim­ply busi­ness as usual, and hav­ing al­ready won the com­pe­ti­tion three times in the past, he looks the ideal per­son to bring that long-awaited Euro­pean tro­phy back to the Emi­rates Sta­dium.

All of Emery’s vic­to­ries came in suc­ces­sive years while in charge of Sevilla, and were de­liv­ered cour­tesy of an un­break­able win­ning men­tal­ity, tac­ti­cal nous, and the cru­cial knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of how to ne­go­ti­ate two-legged knock­out ties. He will be aim­ing to in­stil the same qual­i­ties at Ar­se­nal, and he cer­tainly has the per­son­nel within his squad to achieve great things.

Achieved be­tween 2014 and 2016, those three tri­umphs were equally mem­o­rable. The first of them de­manded great re­silience as they held a strong Ben­fica side to a goal­less draw be­fore win­ning on penal­ties. In 2015, they held off a de­ter­mined ef­fort from sur­prise pack­age Dnipro to win 3-2, while a year later they im­pres­sively over­turned a half-time deficit to con­vinc­ing beat five­time Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Liver­pool. With that record, Ar­se­nal sup­port­ers should have ev­ery right to feel op­ti­mistic that Emery can de­liver once again.

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