Unai Emery says that the Europa League has become a much more attractive competition in recent years because the winners don’t only get a trophy, they’re automatically entered into the Champions League the following season.
It’s a tournament with two prizes, and the Spaniard – who won it three times in a row with Sevilla – is keen to replicate that success with his new club.
Arsenal have only twice won a European trophy, so adding another one to the cabinet would be a fine way to cap his first season in charge, and Emery is keen to make that happen as his side take a 3-1 advantage into the second leg against Valencia.
“It’s an attractive title and it’s getting more attractive,” said Emery.
“I first competed for this title when it was still the UEFA Cup and was a lesser title than it is now.
“It has grown and I have seen that shift. Giving teams a Champions League place through the Europa League is a fair reward and it’s a title they all want to win.
“Arsenal only have two European titles in their history: the old Fairs Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup, neither of which exist, so I have a lot of ambition to win a title.”
The 47 year old knows that all the eggs of success are in this Europa League basket now, saying, “We’re finished in the Premier League, no possibility, but we have a possibility in this competition.”u