Unai Emery insists he doesn’t envy Arsenal as he makes Villarreal comparison

Unai Emery insists he has no reason to envy Arsenal.

The Spaniard was sacked as manager of the Gunners last year after 18 months at the helm and replaced by Mikel Arteta.

After his Premier League failure following a stint with Paris Saint-Germain, Emery has headed back to LaLiga with Villarreal.

His side currently sit fourth in the table after five games after a strong start – and Emery says they have nothing to envy at the Emirates.

Asked by local newspaper El Periodico Mediterraneo about whether the inner workings of the club surpass previous clubs such as Arsenal and PSG, Emery spoke of his admiration of the Yellow Submarine.

He said; “Yes, I totally agree, but I have the advantage that I was at Valencia and I already knew what Villarreal was doing and felt admiration for their ability to have these facilities and great players. 


“They have played important matches and competitions, all with the merit of doing so in a very small town like Vila Real and with great national and world recognition.

“The media dimension can be favourable or not, it depends on whether things are going well or badly, but I think the club has that advantage because it has internal demands and execution capacity without the need to have that external dimension. Matters are arranged inside.

“Villarreal has nothing to envy PSG or Arsenal for.”

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Speaking last month, midfielder Dani Parejo backed Emery to be a big hit back in Spain.

“I was fortunate enough to work with him for one season at Valencia, his last season,” Parejo said.

“But also his professional career is absolutely incredible from the very beginning as a coach.

“He’s won a lot of titles, so I think he’s got a very good background. We all know he is a good coach and for me he was one of the reasons why I liked Villarreal as a club to transfer to.

“He’s been at very, very important clubs. Top clubs like PSG, Arsenal. His characteristics are how he studies your opponent and he’s very intense when he’s working.

“He gives a lot of value and he really emphasises the very small details. In the elite world this is what really puts you right at the top of the league tables and makes you achieve your objectives.

“We’re all very happy and I’m sure we’re going to have a great season.”

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