Arsenal new head-coach, Unai Emery is well and truly a thoroughbred horse when it comes to the Europa League competition. Emery has three consecutive wins with Sevilla between 2014/16 and as only himself and the legendary manager Giovanni Trapattoni – also known as “Trap” or “Il Trap” – to have won the Europe’s second string tournament three times and the former could be the missing core needed at Arsenal to help them pick up their first European trophy this century.
It’s been 24 years since the Gunners tasted European success (1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup), but with Emery now at the helm of this club, the Spaniard could give the North London club an ideal opportunity to reign in Europe once again, and his brilliance and success in this competition could hand Arsenal ahead of Chelsea as the Premier League club for Europa League glory this campaign.
Without any doubts, the Premier League is a bridge too far for Arsenal this season and should see their keen focus turned to triumph at the Europa League as we get into the latter stages of the competition. Arsenal begin their quest in the tournament this evening at home to Ukrainian sides Vorskla Poltava and they are favourites for three points tonight, while a group upcoming fixtures against likes of Sporting and FK Qarabag should pose no real threat to Arsenal’s progression in group stage, but until the knockout stages where Emery can sparkle with his new side.
🔴 Unai Emery's incredible record:
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) September 20, 2018
Emery in 67 Europa League games, has won 34, drawn 26 and lost 10 which is an highlight what a fine record the former Paris Saint-Germain boss has in the competition, and while Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri is earning appraisals in the Premier League, the Europa League should be Emery’s own Résumé over his arch-rival and his side are worthy contenders for the title.
However, Emery’s gaining ground in the Premier League appears to be most fans primary objective from Emery this season, and after three wins on the bounce, Arsenal could be bidding for a top-four finish this season, but ultimately it should be noted that the Gunners lacks the strength and skills to live with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the league, so the Europa League could the sole priority in the new year.
At it begins tonight, Bernd Leno will get his chance between the sticks as Petr Cech given rest ahead of weekend fixtures, and Emery will surely re-shape the side that won at Newcastle United at the weekend.
We are improving and this could be our time in Europe!