Unai Emery insists he has no hard feelings against Arsenal.
The Spaniard only lasted 18 months in the Emirates after replacing legendary manager Arsene Wenger in May 2018.
A seven-game winless streak saw part of Arsenal’s fanbase turn against Emery, who re-launched his managerial career by guiding Villarreal to fourth in La Liga this season.
When asked if he has a message for Arsenal fans, Emery told Football.London: “My message is that I am grateful for my experience and especially my first year at Arsenal.
“I understand how football is, with emotions and good results are needed.
“The second year we lost that a bit and the club decided to change, but I can’t tell them anything negative because for my experience it was amazing to be at Arsenal.
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“Now I use all my experiences at Villarreal and I want to create my way here.
“The [Arsenal] the supporters supported me at that time and the second year was more difficult but I totally understand. My message is thank you. “
As Emery thrives in Spain, Arsenal have struggled for consistent form under Mikel Arteta this quarter.
The Gunners have won three consecutive Premier League games but are 11th in the table after 17 games.