Mikel Arteta sends class message to Unai Emery after former Arsenal boss is appointed new Villarreal manager

Arteta had a class response when asked about Emery's new role
Arteta had a class response when asked about Emery’s new role (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has made the classy move of congratulating former Arsenal boss Unai Emery on his new role as Villarreal manager and thanked him for the work he carried out at the north London club.

While Emery got off to a good start as Gunners coach, leading his side on a 22-match unbeaten run, things began to sour after the north London side lost the Europa League final to Chelsea, denying them a route back into the Champions League.

The Spaniard was unable to lift the team at the start of this campaign and was eventually sacked at the end of November and replaced by Arteta.

The ex-Manchester City coach has seemingly boosted the morale of the squad and despite the fact that the Gunners are set to finish outside of the top six for the first time in 25 years, the season can still end on a high if they are able to beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup.

On Thursday, it was announced that Emery will return to Spain to manage Villarreal and speaking before Arsenal’s clash against Watford on Sunday, Arteta was full of praise for the man he succeeded.

‘Well first of all congratulations for the new job,’ Arteta said.

Arteta has improved the mood in the camp
Arteta has improved the mood in the camp (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He’s going back to Spain. He’s a manager that has a lot of experience there a has been very successful there.

‘I wish him all the best from our side. There are a lot of people here who liked him a lot and have huge respect for him.

‘Thanks from myself for what he did here with the players and trying to improve to the team and the squad and I wish him all the best from our side.

‘Hopefully, things will go well for him.’

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