Villarreal manager Unai Emery hailed his side's endeavors in their Europa League semi-final first leg triumph over Arsenal on Thursday, however moaned about the choice to grant a spot kick to the Gunners for a critical away goal.
The Yellow Submarine ran out 2-1 winner on home turf at El Madrigal to exploit into the following week's converse fixture at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to first-half goals from Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol. In any case, Nicolas Pepe had the option to change over a second-half penalty with a little more than a quarter-hour left on the clock after Buyako Saka was considered to have been felled by Manu Trigueros inside the penalty territory, in a call that the manager rushed to refuse after the game. "The penalty isn't a penalty," the previous Gunners manager disclosed to BT Sport, concerning the occurrence where Saka went down after obviously stumbling over Trigueros' lower leg. "We merited this triumph." Emery included his post-game question and answer session that the call was a "vital refereeing blunder and furthermore, with VAR, you can see it." The Spaniard, who drove Sevilla to a hat-trick of Europa League wins during his past spell in La Liga, added that he will hope for something else of the equivalent from his side when he makes his return to north London for the second leg one week from now, despite the fact that they neglected to add to their first-half take at home. "We had opportunities to score the third goal and that was our arrangement," he added to BT Sport. "We will play there with a similar arrangement, to control and show our character.
"We built up an arrangement [today] to take the triumph and accomplished it. It's a triumph, and it permits us to proceed in the subsequent leg. We need to go there to score a goal." Pepe's late reaction is sufficient to almost certainly leave Arsenal, who spent a piece of the second half at a man weakness following Dani Ceballos' subsequent yellow card. confident that they can reverse the situation in support of themselves on home soil. The reward of an away goal implies that they need score just a single time at the Emirates Stadium in seven days' an ideal opportunity to tie down movement to the final in Gdansk. giving that they keep Villarreal under control for the term of the game. Emery will have no space for sentimentality when he gets back to the side who appropriately dismissed him a small bunch of months after he took them to an Europa League final. and he will realize that triumph would help his own side's youngster expects European activity to the detriment of his old club next term. Villarreal as of now lie in seventh in La Liga, which would qualify them for the recently made Europa Conference League, while Arsenal watch ready to pass up European football entirely next season except if they can win the Europa League and seal a Champions League billet.