Villarreal boss Unai Emery insists there’s no grudge against former club Arsenal.
Emery has opened up over his time at the Emirates, going into detail about life behind the scenes.
He told Football.London: “The club supported me and I was happy with the players, the atmosphere and the supporters.
“Only the second six months of the second year when I finished in November I think we made some decisions not good for the club, but not for me, the decisions of the club.”
One decision that has stuck out was the signing of Nicolas Pepe over Wilfried Zaha, of Crystal Palace – a player who Emery was desperate to sign.
He added: “For me it’s not negative, it was a positive experience and after I left the club the first month was not easy for me because I was running out of things [to do] but now I am very grateful to the owners, the club, the supporters, the players, the workers in Colney.
“I now only remember the very good things there and the first year for me was a very good performance for us.
“I worked well with Mr Kroenke, Raul [Sanllehi], [Ivan] Gazidis during the first months there.
“The results towards the end were the main problem but for me it was a positive experience and I’m grateful to Arsenal for the opportunity.
“This is football. Now I want the best for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, the supporters and everyone at the club.”
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