Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had his say on what Unai Emery did right after Villarreal booked their place in the final of the Europa League.
Arteta’s men were nowhere near their best last night, just like they weren’t in Spain last week. Villarreal completely deserved to knock us out of the competition, and you could see how delighted all of their players were at full-time.
Everybody but Emery raced onto the pitch to celebrate making it into the club’s first-ever European final. They had every right to celebrate as well, but the former Arsenal boss remained classy, shook his successor’s hand and walked away.
Arteta was asked about Emery’s classy gesture after the game and the Arsenal manager admitted that his compatriot has behaved in the same way throughout his career as a manager.
He said, as per HaytersTV: “I think he’s always been like that. Not just now, but throughout his career he’s always been a manager that behaves like that.”
Arteta’s right, Emery has always remained classy. He was a top professional when he was with us and he has only had good things to say about Arsenal despite getting sacked 18 months ago.
The former Arsenal boss even took to Twitter (read here) after the game to wish us luck for the future. He really didn’t have to do that, but the fact that he did shows the kind of man he is, so respect to him.
Villarreal now face Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester United in the final. It certainly won’t be an easy game, but Emery is the most successful manager in the history of the competition, and it won’t be a surprise to see him further cement his legacy in Gdansk at the end of this month.
As for Arsenal, things have gone from bad to worse. Nobody knows what will happen now – both on and off the pitch. Arteta could well lose his job or the Kroenkes might well walk away due to the pressure from fans. Only time will tell but lat night’s defeat will hurt for a long time.