Unai Emery: Arsenal lessons helped me win Europa League with Villarreal

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 (AP)
(AP)

Unai Emery says his time at Arsenal helped him win the Europa League with Villarreal.

Emery last night won his fourth Europa League Final as Villarreal claimed their first ever major trophy after beating Manchester United on penalties.

The Spainard has previously won the competition three times with Sevilla and reached a fifth final with Arsenal, only to be beaten by Chelsea - his sole loss.

Emery joined Villarreal in July 2020, nine months after he was sacked by Arsenal following a poor run of results, and knocked the Gunners - and his successor Mikel Arteta - out of the competition on the way to lifting the cup.

"I insist it is not a sports revenge at all. 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," he said.

"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 game I learned a lot to win this one maybe."

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