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Will Arsenal boss Unai Emery conjure up more Europa League magic?

Leigh Copson 13 May 2019
Unai Emery (credit:John Walton/EMPICS Sport)

No manager has ever mastered the Europa League quite like Unai Emery – but can the Arsenal manager get his hands on the trophy for FOURTH time when the Gunners take on domestic rivals Chelsea in the 2019 Final on May 29?



The Gunners missed out on a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, with their woeful away form largely being their undoing, but they do have another shot at ending their Champions League exile via the Europa League and this is a competition manager Emery has quite the track record in.

Winning a European club competition once is a fantastic achievement for any manager or player, but to win it three times in a row… that is remarkable, but it is exactly what Emery achieved during his stay with Spanish side Sevilla, leading them to three consecutive Europa League Final successes between 2014 and 2016.

So as he looks to lift that trophy for a fourth time in his career, we have been taking a look back at Emery’s previous final wins to see what we can possibly expect from Arsenal in Baku…

2014: Sevilla 0 Benfica 0 (Sevilla won 4-2 on penalties)



Sevilla survived a massive scare in the closing moments of the 2014 final in Turin, with a goalline clearance rescuing their European dream and forcing extra-time with Portuguese side Benfica. Those extra 30 minutes did not separate the two clubs either and that meant a penalty shoot-out would be required to finally confirm a winner. Sevilla goalkeeper Beto was the hero as he saved spot-kicks from Oscar Cardozo and Rodrigo, and that allowed Kevin Gameiro to step up and fire home the winner to hand Emery his first Europa League success.


2015: Sevilla 3 Dnipro 2



Twelve months earlier Sevilla had been involved in a goalless final that needed penalties to finally determine a winner, but when they took on Dnipro in the 2015 final it did not take long for the net to bulge. The Ukrainian side stunned their opponents when Nikola Kalinic handed them a seventh-minute lead, but Sevilla responded in impressive fashion and turned the tie on its head when Grzegorz Krychowiak and Carlos Bacca both scored in the space of a few minutes either side of the half-an-hour mark. Dnipro were not about to lay down though and hauled themselves level just before the break thanks to a smart free-kick from Ruslan Roton, but the decisive moment came 17 minutes from time when Bacca grabbed his second and made sure Sevilla became the first to team to win back-to-back Europa League trophies since the tournament was rebranded.

2016: Sevilla 3 Liverpool 1



Could Sevilla really make it three-in-a-row when they took on Liverpool in the 2016 final? Jurgen Klopp was looking to end his first season as Reds boss on a high by lifting some silverware and they were halfway there when Daniel Sturridge gave them a 1-0 lead at the interval. However, the Reds suffered a spectacular collapse after the break and Sevilla took full advantage to enter the history books. Within a minute of the restart Kevin Gameiro had levelled things up and it was all downhill for Liverpool from there. Coke handed Sevilla the lead for the first time in the match when he struck in the 64th minute, and six minutes later it was game over as he grabbed his second and Sevilla’s third, making them to first team in history to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League in three consecutive seasons.


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Will Arsenal boss Unai Emery conjure up more Europa League magic?

No manager has ever mastered the Europa League quite like Unai Emery – but can the Arsenal manager get his hands on the trophy for FOURTH time when the Gunners take on domestic rivals Chelsea in the 2019 Final on May 29?

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