Former Arsenal goalkeeper, David Seaman has said it would be a ‘phenomenal achievement’ for the Europa League three times winner, Unai Emery to lift the title again this time with the Premier League club having made history with Sevilla already.
Arsenal will play against Napoli on Thursday in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Emirate Stadium where the winner will meet either Villarreal or Valencia in the last four.
The Spanish manager,already knows much about those two Spanish clubs from his time at Sevilla where he won the Europa League title head-to-head in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
And Seaman acknowledging those successive triumphs believes winning the competition in his first year as Arsene Wenger’s successor in north London would be a phenomenal achievement.
Speaking on the UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour driven by Kia, Seaman said;
‘Hopefully his luck’s not run out,
‘I definitely want him to win the Europa League again. That’s a great achievement on its own,
‘But then to go into a new club, as big as Arsenal is, after Arsene Wenger, that would be a phenomenal achievement.”
Arsenal lost the last two opening leg games against BATE and Rennes before overturning that deficit with 3-0 wins at Emirates Stadium.
And this time Seaman believes opening at home against Napoli first has more to give them in advantage;
‘It’s going to be tough,”
‘We know that going out to Italy and trying to get a result is hard.
‘If they can do really well at the Emirates, they should have enough to beat them. Now you’re playing against top teams, it’s a tough competition.
‘I still expect Arsenal to go through but I wouldn’t be massively surprised if they didn’t.
‘You know that Napoli are going to be good defensively. Have Arsenal got the firepower to break them down? Yes, they have.
‘And I just hope that it’s a key aspect of the game – that Arsenal’s firepower will be too much for Napoli, he added.