Football News: Unai Emery responded to a supporter who claimed he performed “extremely well” at Arsenal by showing the middle finger.
This weekend, the Spanish coach’s Villarreal team plays Fulham and Southampton in back-to-back matches before returning to Spain.
On Saturday, they triumphed 2-1 on the south coast due to strikes from Yeremy Pino and Gerard Moreno.
However, a large number of supporters greeted Emery as he exited the team bus. One of them appeared to sarcastically ridicule his tenure as Arsenal manager. The 50-year-old worked at the Emirates for just under 18 months before being let go; it is obvious that he was offended by the remark.
Emery was brought on as Arsene Wenger’s replacement in the summer of 2018, although he was unable to advance the team to the Champions League, as they placed fifth. The Gunners occasionally displayed their talent, but they were consistently defeated on the road.
They fell to Chelsea in the Europa League final as well, but the nature of the 4-1 loss was more hurtful. Following a summer of investment, Nicolas Pepe joined for a club record price. Kieran Tierney and others joined the group as well.
However, they did not have the expected result, and by the time Emery was fired in late November, the Gunners were in seventh place and had won just four of their previous 13 games.
In the Europa League, Frankfurt defeated him at home in his last game. The Spaniard has a win percentage of 55 after winning 43 of his 78 games in charge.
What did Emery say?
Emery admitted to Marca that there were numerous issues. He talked about the four captains The Ozil-Kolasinac situation, and Pepe’s signing, who required time given that he was a Frenchman. Undoubtedly, we didn’t play well. We had poor results, there was no progress, the supporters singled me out, and they kicked me out.
However, Emery has impressively rebuilt his name since leaving north London. Eight months after being fired from Arsenal, he assumed leadership at Villarreal. A victory over Manchester United in a penalty shootout during his debut season as a coach helped him lead them to their fourth Europa League title.
Villarreal upset several of Europe’s heavyweights last season, emerging as the tournament’s biggest surprise. They defeated Bayern Munich and Juventus en route to the semifinals. In the semi-final, they briefly put Liverpool under pressure before the Reds came out on top.