Former Arsenal great Ray Parlour believes Unai Emery’s Arsenal are on the verge of having a great season.
“I did not expect Arsenal to be in the top four at this stage of the season,” the former Gunners midfielder said. “With a new manager coming in there were lots of changes, but if they finish fourth it has to go down as a remarkable season.”
“I had them down to finish fifth or sixth, then they could build on that next season, but at the moment they are in a very good position.”
“Valencia won’t be an easy semi-final, but Emery has a great record in the competition and plays a really strong team every time. They have a real chance [of winning it].”
“Emery also knows, like Manchester United did a few years ago, [winning the Europa League] is an avenue into the Champions League, which is so important for the club, having not been in it for the past two or three seasons.”
“Financially they have missed out, and have also missed out on players, because players want to play in the Champions League.”