Arsenal ended up being extremely close to a Top Four position this season, but we ultimately failed with a lot of fans complaining that Unai Emery was making too many changes to the side in League games, and saving our best players for the Europa League matches. That backfired tremendously as we ended up only one point away from a Champions League place, and all of our eggs are now in the Europa League basket.
The Arsenal boss Raul Sanllehi has now revealed that Emery was extremely keen to win this competition ever since his first day at Arsenal. He said in an interview on Arsenal.com while talking about our place in the Final: “I’d like also to mention on this that the Europa League is probably one of Unai’s preferred areas and comfort zones! He’s won it three times already, he’s never lost a final, and we’re hoping that that streak continues.
“From day one, when we were talking with him, he was already talking about this season when we were talking about the objective to qualify for the Champions League, and he would always mention the Europa League in our objectives. He was very clear – he wanted this title. We’ve got to the final and we’re extremely excited. There’s not so many finals you get over time, so we’re really excited and hoping that we can deliver that to our fans. We extremely believe in the capabilities of the team, and definitely in the capabilities of our head coach to lift that trophy.”
We all sincerely hope that Emery’s Europa League luck holds out against Chelsea, but if he fails he could end up rueing that he didn’t try just a little bit harder to win our League games at the end of the season…