Villarreal boss Unai Emery faced the media today ahead of his return to Arsenal for the second leg tomorrow.
The former Gunners boss took the bragging rights last week after his side picked up a 2-1 win over us. Villarreal have a massive advantage coming into the return leg tomorrow, but Emery is wary of the threat Arsenal pose in attack.
The Spaniard identified that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will likely start tomorrow after only coming off the bench last week. He labelled the Gabon star as a ‘killer’ and admitted that it will be very difficult for his side to stop him.
Emery said, as per Express and Star: “Aubameyang is a killer. He was, he is and he will always be. He has been through a process of being out of the team because of the illness he has had but he is back.
“He’s there to work, to defend the team and give everything for the team, hoping he can perform at the top level and if that happens he is going to be very difficult to stop.
“We expect to find the best Aubameyang possible, the same with Granit Xhaka, I think he is a great person, a really great footballer. He was the top scorer in the Premier League when I was there, he is really good physically and is a killer, like I said.”
Auba has to fire tomorrow
The game against Villarreal tomorrow is the biggest game in Mikel Arteta’s managerial career so far. Winning the Europa League is the only way the Gunners can salvage this season, and for that to happen, Aubameyang has to step up.
The former Dortmund man has had a very difficult season – both on and off the pitch. He has been nothing like his previous self, but Auba has still managed to 15 goals in all competitions, which isn’t a bad record at all.
He got himself a very well taken goal against Newcastle United on Sunday as well, and that should give him a ton of confidence going into the must-win game at the Emirates tomorrow .
Emery will set his side up to counter Aubameyang’s threat. However, if the Arsenal skipper is in the mood, there’s no defence in world football that can stop him from scoring and having a real impact in the game.