Unai Emery highlights ‘importance’ of claiming Europa League title

A serial winner of the competition during his glittering managerial stint at La Liga outfit Sevilla FC, Unai Emery has highlighted the importance of claiming the Europa League title with Arsenal as it harbours a catalogue of enticing pluses, including a clear route into the following campaign’s Champions League.

Emery held a sensationally steely grip on the continent’s secondary tournament between 2013 to 2016, a domineering period where the innovative Spanish tactician historically guided Los Hispalenses to three consecutive triumphs, of course.

Arsene Wenger’s established successor, speaking at a conference in La Ciudad del Futbol in Madrid, is under the impression that English teams are only focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League rather than the Europa League, which is often regarded as a burdensome addition to a Premier League club’s cluttered calendar schedule.

“In England the culture is that the Premier League is the first competition, and the second one is the Champions League.” He said.

“They compete and want to win it but they have met Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico, who have all imposed themselves. They are the dominant teams in the last few years.

“It’s a competition where the English didn’t see that they could develop and find a place, it was a sacrifice too big.

“When I won it with Sevilla I saw that the English clubs didn’t fight for it, but then UEFA put four years ago a rule to strengthen it, giving the Champions League to the winner and for four years three English teams reached the final.”

But as his reinvigorated Gunners set-up are indeed a top seed in this term’s Europa League tournament, Emery determinedly added:

“I am in this competition and I’m telling my Arsenal players it is very important because it is a title and an open door to the next Champions League.”

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