EMERY'S EUROPA LEAGUE
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.