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Unai Emery sends Villarreal warning to Arsenal

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Emery spoke ahead of the second leg between Villarreal and former club Arsenal in the Europa League semi-finals.


Unai Emery believes Villarreal are ‘very much alive’ and fired-up for Thursday’s showdown with Arsenal.

The Spanish side visit the Emirates for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Arsenal on the back of a 2-1 first-leg victory in Spain last week.

And with a one-goal lead in the bag, Emery can feel the excitement brewing inside his own squad.


“It’s important to have naturalness, you have to try to be fresher, to have a clear idea of what we should do,” said the former Arsenal boss as quoted on Football London.

“We go with an advantage, we will have moments that can change things and it’s not going to be easy.

“The team is very alive and with excitement to live it. The key is to live in that process.”


Emery was speaking after Villarreal’s 1-0 win over Getafe in La Liga over the weekend. Yeremi Pino’s 79th-minute goal was enough to seal all three points to move the club up to sixth-place.

The Yellow Submarine now head to London with pretty much all their players available. Tottenham loanee Juan Foyth is the only doubt with a hamstring problem, while Vicente Iborra is out and Etienne Capoue is suspended.