Villarreal entered the finals of the Europa League football tournament with a 2–1 aggregate win over Arsenal, who held on to a goalless draw in the second leg of the semi-finals. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has summarized the results of the return leg of the Europa League semi-final against Villarreal.
The Yellow Submarine will take on Manchester United in the final which will be played on May 26 in Poland. Villarreal won 2–1 in the first leg against Arsenal which ultimately proved decisive. Villarreal coach Unai Emery is thus only one step away from the fourth title in the Europa League.
Emery was previously the coach of Arsenal. Arsenal removed him from the post last season. The Gunners reached the final of the Europa League two years ago during their stay.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta talks about their defeat
“We are devastated, really disappointed. Villarreal should be congratulated. We tried everything we could till the last minute. I think we deserved to win but in encounters like this, it’s all about the details,” Arteta told BT Sport.
“We had three serious chances, while the opponents had none. But they got through.”
“The loss of Jacky before the match seriously changed our plan. We were preparing for Granit to play his position. We played poorly with the ball in the first half but I am not making excuses. It’s just that too many of the players who were to decide the fate of the match approached the game in poor form.”
“I think we were too sloppy with the ball. But in the second half we played in a much more dominant manner. We lost for a number of reasons. We didn’t start the game well enough, not everyone was at their best. For 90% it was the first semi-final, we have to learn and learn.”
“We have one last way left to get into European competitions – through the EPL. We know what we have to do.”