‘Hats off Monsieur Emery!’ – Matteo Guendouzi sends message to Unai Emery after Villarreal’s Europa League triumph

The Spaniard won the Europa League for the fourth time
The Spaniard won the Europa League for the fourth time (Picture: Getty Images)

Matteo Guendouzi has lavished praise on Unai Emery after the former Arsenal manager led Villarreal to victory over Manchester United in the Europa League final.

David de Gea’s missed spot-kick handed the La Liga club an 11-10 penalty shootout win in Gdansk as Emery claimed a record fourth Europa League trophy.

Villarreal had taken the lead in the first half through Gerard Moreno before Edinson Cavani equalised shortly before the hour-mark.

Guendouzi featured regularly under Emery at the Emirates
Guendouzi featured regularly under Emery at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)

The final ended 1-1 in extra time and what followed was a tense shootout in which 21 spot-kicks were converted, until De Gea’s tame effort was saved by Geronimo Rulli.

Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi, who worked under Emery during his 18-month spell at the Emirates, congratulated his former boss on guiding Villarreal to a first major trophy in their history.

The 22-year-old wrote on Twitter: ‘What a journey! This Football… so smart and elegant!

‘You made the dream of an entire city, of a club, a team, and of all the fans come true! You did it ! You know how to win trophies!

‘Hats off Monsieur Emery. You are so unique.

‘I am honored and proud to have had the opportunity to evolve by your side.

‘Words will never be strong enough to qualify your personality, your benevolence and your authenticity in human relationships.

‘All my congratulations coach @UnaiEmery_ and bravo to @VillarrealCF.’

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