Villarreal coach Unai Emery urged former club Arsenal to show patience with current manager Mikel Arteta as he prepares to meet the Gunners in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg for the first time since being sacked in November 2019.

“This is a process that needs a bit of time to execute a game plan. I am convinced we need to let managers work, we need to have patience. At Arsenal we needed to be patient and they need to trust Arteta,” Emery told a news conference.

“It’s a question of patience, of confidence. I think it’s a perfect marriage. Arteta is a great manager and you can see a clear identity of their game plan in the way they play,” he added.

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Emery was fired less than one and a half seasons after taking the reins following 21 years under Arsene Wenger.

His replacement, Arteta, guided Arsenal to the FA Cup…

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