Arsenal’s Europa League final capitulation comes back to haunt Emery

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Villarreal’s penalty shootout defeat of Manchester United meant that Unai Emery has now won his fourth Europa League, more than any other manager.

The Spaniard has become a master of the competition, guiding both Sevilla and Villarreal to the title, as well as leading Arsenal to the final.

Emery won his first Europa League trophy in 2014, when he took Sevilla to the final in his first season at the club.

They faced Portuguese side Benfica, with Emery’s men winning 4-2 on penalties after the match was goalless through all 120 minutes of action.

He followed up that success the following year, in what was a decidedly more entertaining final between Los Palanganas and FC Dnipro.

The Ukrainan side went ahead within the first seven minutes before goals from Grzegorz Krychowiak and Carlos Bacca put Sevilla on top.

Dnipro equalised just before half-time, with Bacca then scoring the winning goal for Emery’s side late on.

Sevilla took home a remarkable third Europa League title in succession in 2016, with Liverpool their opponents in Basel.

The Reds actually went ahead through Daniel Sturridge, but Emery’s side fought back with a dominant second-half performance.

Kevin Gameiro equalised a minute into the second period, before a double from Coke sealed their third Europa League in three years.

Emery’s latest Europa League win came on Wednesday, when his Villarreal side produced a masterful tactical performance to nullify United’s attack.

Goals from Gerard Moreno and Edinson Cavani cancelled each other out, with the game going to an extraordinary penalty shootout.

David De Gea missed his crucial spotkick after all 20 outfielders and Villarreal keeper Geronimo Rulli scored to see The Yellow Submarine pick up their first major trophy.

It means that Emery now has a remarkable four Europa League winners’ medals, but the aggregate score across all of his finals is 8-8.

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That is thanks to the final that Emery did not win, when his Arsenal side were thrashed 4-1 by Chelsea in 2019’s showpiece event.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Eden Hazard put the game to bed before the 65 th minute, with Hazard adding a fourth after Alex Iwobi had pulled one back for the Gunners.

That capitulation means that despite winning four trophies, Emery’s record in the finals is not as impressive as many would expect.

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  • Unai Emery
  • Europa League
  • Manchester United FC
  • Arsenal FC
  • Chelsea FC
  • Sevilla FC

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