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Unai Emery has credited Arsenal for being part of his journey as Villarreal beat Manchester United in the Europa League final on Wednesday. The Yellow Submarine faced the Red Devils in the final and beat them in a tense penalty shootout as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
This title became the fourth Europa League title for Emery and the first major trophy in Villarreal’s history.
Emery guided the Yellow Submarine to the final while beating his former club Arsenal in the semi-finals. During his time at Arsenal, Emery reached the final with the Gunners, however they lost to Chelsea.
“I believe it’s not a sporting revenge at all,” Emery said.
“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 learnt a lot, met many people, other cultures and football.
“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 learnt a lot to win this one maybe.”
Asked if he had doubts after his sacking at Arsenal, Emery replied: “Doubts are something you can go through in your professional career. You can have doubts but then you find responses.
“I doubt the eleven I’m going to put on the pitch, I doubt about the changes I should do during the game, how I’m going to plan a training session. But with this doubt I ask myself questions and then I check the responses.
“I’m enjoying my career because I like football, I like to work in the football world, I like that feeling of being in a club and everywhere I’ve been I’ve defended my colours with much pride and respecting everyone.
“My idea is to bring with me my experiences, sometimes I manage to do it, sometimes not, but mainly I enjoy my work as a coach, I enjoy being with my team, my staff. I’m the visible one but there are many people behind me who bring a lot and give a lot. It was the same at Arsenal, Sevilla, Paris Saint-Germain, and it’s the same here.”