Arsenal boss Unai Emery reveals he was with Javi Gracia when Watford sacked him

first_img James GraySunday 15 Sep 2019 10:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link201Shares Comment Advertisement Watford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:54FullscreenWatford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I remember it. Every coach, every player, every person in football remembers some things,’ Emery added. ‘I remember we drew 2-2 at home and we drew 0-0 away.‘In the last minute the referee did not give us an amazing penalty for the opportunity to win.‘In my way, everything that happened to me is something to learn from, for experience. Sometimes it’s positive, but also negative. I learned from it all.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Unai Emery and Javi Gracia bumped into each other away from the touchline for once (Picture: Getty)Arsenal manager Unai Emery appears to have been mid-conversation with Javi Gracia when Watford sacked him.Gracia led Watford to an FA Cup final and their best league finish in more than three decades last season but has failed to win in the Premier League so far this term and the Hornets are bottom of the league with just one point.They will try to improve on that total when they host Arsenal today but they will do so under a new manager after Gracia was dismissed over the international break, coincidentally during a chance meeting with the boss who was preparing to face him.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s amazing,’ said Emery.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I met him, we found each other last week in my town, in Hondarribia, when I was there with my family. I was walking and in front us was Javi Gracia.‘And in the moment we started speaking about our match, we finished it knowing he was sacked. It’s a good story, yes?’Gracia has been replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores, back for his second spell at Watford after leaving under a cloud in May 2016.The former Spain defender has also managed the likes of Valencia, Benfica and Getafe and has come up against Emery before, both in Spain and in England.When Sanchez Flores was Atletico Madrid boss, he took on the now-Arsenal manager in a Europa League quarter-final clash with Valencia in a game Emery has struggled to forget. Arsenal boss Unai Emery reveals he was with Javi Gracia when Watford sacked himlast_img read more

Title, Continental Tickets Down to the Last Game

first_imgNPFL PLAYOFFBy Fisayo DairoIt is the final MatchDay of the 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Championship Playoff this Wednesday at the Agege Stadium and there are still all to play for five of the six clubs with the giant trophy and two continental slots up for grabs. The four previous match days of high intensity and top level competition have left seven-time league champions Enyimba as the only team to have sealed a continental place for next season while FC Ifeanyiubah are the only team mathematically out of the running having turned out the “whipping boys” with no points from four games.A total of thirty-six goals have been scored in twelve matches, an impressive average of three goals per game, but in spite of a low scoring Match Day 4 (by the lofty standards of this season’s playoffs), it does not look like the teams are tired of banging in the good, great goals.Enyimba overtook Kano Pillars at the summit of the log after an expected, but comprehensive 3-1 win over FC Ifeanyiubah on Monday night. All the People’s Elephant now need to seal a return to CAF Champions League football for the first time in four seasons is to avoid losing by not more than a one-goal margin against Akwa United who desperately need a win.Enyimba’s nine points have guaranteed them a top three spot regardless of Wednesday’s result but Usman Abd’Allah’s men do have their sights on the trophy they last won in 2015. Akwa United who remain unbeaten in their first four games will however pose a capable threat to their aspirations.Akwa United head coach Rafael Everton is expected to recall former Enyimba star Mfon Udoh – who came on as substitute in their last two games – to the starting line up and the Brazilian acknowledges that it will be a difficult game on Wednesday.“We will continue to believe. We came here to work and we will continue to believe that we will win the league. It is (going to be) a difficult game, it is a derby but we’ve not lost in all the games we have played so we will start planning to win the last game,” Everton told Pillars are the only remaining unbeaten side in this Playoffs and they require just a point from their last game against calculator-wearied Lobi Stars to seal a return to the continent since 2015. Pillars were denied by a late minute penalty against Rangers on Monday which made them relinquish their top spot to Enyimba.Pillars will continue to rely on forwards Nyima Nwagua and Ebuka David Odenigbo against a Lobi Stars side who can still finish third with a win should both Rangers and Akwa United lose their games.Another side with their destiny not directly in their hands is current Cup winners Rangers International. Gbenga Ogunbote’s wards are expected to have a straight forward win on paper over FC Ifeanyiubah but that may not be sufficient for them if Lobi Stars do not do them the favour of beating Pillars.Rangers have five points, three less than Pillars but will have to win by at least a 3-goal margin against the 2016 Federation Cup winners and pray that Pillars lose, or Akwa United fail to win if they intend to make it a back-to-back appearance in the CAF Confederation Cup.The Agege Township Stadium remains the stage for the final day of hostilities and while landing the topmost prize of the NPFL 2018/19 season will be tops on the wish list of Enyimba, Kano Pillars and Akwa United, an eventual place on the continent should be good reward for the latter duo.Surely, a day of celebration, ecstasy, what ifs, if only and had we known is in the offing with tears of joy and sorrow expected to flow over onto the Agege waters.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more