Unai Emery has offered his thoughts on where Arsenal will finish in the Premier League this season.
The Spaniard, who managed 43 wins from his 78 matches in charge of the Gunners between 2018 and 2019, has pointed out that his successor Mikel Arteta has a long way to go.
Arteta has over seen four consecutive victories in all competitions after going seven league matches without a win, leaving them nine points behind fourth-placed Everton.
While noting the quality of the sides that Arsenal have to try and match, Emery backed the new look team to achieve what he couldn’t in his only full season in charge.
“They are two different teams, of course,” Emery told football.london about Villarreal and Arsenal.
“They’re playing in the same competitions such as the Europa League, trying to achieve the top four and we’re trying to do the same in Spain.
“I think now it’s very difficult for Arsenal because of Liverpool, Manchester United and other teams but I think Arsenal is going to get back in the top four and recover as there’s stability in the club.
“It’s the same here in Villarreal where we are consistent and I like the style we play here.
“The club also try to be in the top six and also to achieve the top four and it’s a good season for us if we achieve that.
“The difference is also that as a coach for me, I am here and I am very happy in Villarreal.”
The former PSG and Sevilla boss has had a fine start to life at Villarreal since joining in July, winning 14 of his 25 matches and only tasting defeat twice.
Arteta said when the appointment was confirmed: "First of all congratulations for the new job.
"He's going back to Spain, he's a manager that has a lot of experience in there and has been very successful there.
"We wish him all the best from our side, there are a lot of people who like him a lot and have huge respect for him.
"Thanks from my side for what he did here with the players and trying to improve the team and the squad. We wish him all the best from our side and hopefully things will go well for him."
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