Unai Emery’s outstanding record in the UEFA Europa League has continued by taking Arsenal to their first ever final of the competition.

The Gunners had no problems in overcoming Valencia in the two-legged semi-final, winning 7-3 on aggregate to set up a date with Chelsea in the final.

Emery becomes the first manager in history to reach the final on four separate occasions, having already tasted success with Sevilla in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The Spaniard is being hailed as king of the competition, some even going as far as saying it is ‘Unai Emery’s League’, in reference to the competition’s abbreviated name, ‘UEL’.

Despite the club’s poor season domestically, his continental experience has been invaluable, recording wins against Napoli and Valencia, both home and away.

Emery will now look forward to the final against fellow London club Chelsea, which will be played in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday the 29th of May.

Leading Arsenal to their first Europa League crown will ensure qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League after a two-year absence from the competition.

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Damon Palmar
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