Jamie Carragher says one man Arsenal got rid of in 2019 is the 'greatest', simply 'amazing'
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Jamie Carragher says one man Arsenal got rid of in 2019 is the 'greatest', simply 'amazing'

Arsenal brought Unai Emery to the Emirates Stadium in May 2018 as Arsene Wenger’s replacement.

However, the Spaniard’s time in north London lasted just under 18 months, the Gunners board sacking him in November 2019.

A further 18 months down the line, and the former Arsenal boss is now a European champion for the fourth time in his career.

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On Wednesday night, Emery steered Villarreal to their first ever major trophy, overcoming Manchester United to win the Europa League.

The Red Devils were favourites to triumph in Gdansk, but the Yellow Submarine’s impressive gameplan helped get them to penalties.

An epic shootout saw Villarreal score 11 penalties, with David de Gea missing his side’s 11th spot kick.

And Jamie Carragher was blown away by what Emery and his team achieved in Poland.

“That is what the great coaches do,” Carragher told CBS Sports on Paramount+ (26/05/21, 11:00 pm).

“They give players the belief they can achieve things they haven’t achieved before, and he is the greatest manager of all time in this competition.

“This success, for me, is about the manager, it really is. The difference in quality between the two teams is so obvious in the game and I just think the work of the manager and the substitutions I thought were very clever.

“For Unai Emery to win with that team, their actual quality to keep the ball, threaten Manchester United was really average, let’s be honest.

“Villarreal have done something amazing. But this is an average team, who shouldn’t be competing with Manchester United.

“Tonight shows you, never forget, the most important person at a football club is the manager. Tonight, (Solskjaer) lost the game.

“Unai Emery made five subs in normal time. Ole hadn’t made one by then. There was a plan and he realised he didn’t have as good of a team.”

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Emery’s CV speaks for itself, and on Wednesday night, he returned to form by steering unfancied Villarreal to the Europa League.

It’s a shame that he wasn’t able to shine at Arsenal, but there’s a lot that needs to be addressed there, and not just in the dugout.

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