It was a watching brief from home for Arsenal fans as Villarreal beat Manchester United in the Europa League final.
The Gunners’ chances of taking part in Gdansk on Wednesday night – and sealing a return to the Champions League – were ended by the La Liga outfit at the beginning of the month.
Having been sacked as Arsenal head coach in November 2019, knocking his former side out of the competition was certainly a sweet moment for Unai Emery.
And there was another special moment for the Spaniard to enjoy as he lifted the Europa League trophy for a record fourth time as his side beat Man United in a penalty shootout.
Whilst some Arsenal fans have been left ruing the decision to part company with Emery, others have spotted a nice moment that occurred during Villarreal’s post-match celebrations.
Gunners fan-favorite Santi Cazorla was present in Poland to cheer on his former club.
Further proof that the Spaniard is perhaps the most loved person in football came after the final whistle as he was carried and hoisted up in the air by the Villarreal players.
This moment was spotted by Arsenal fans and discussed on Reddit.
ja-genau-richstig said: “Says a lot about him when virtually every club he’s ever played at loves him.”
kawaiguy3 said: “I won’t feel nearly as bad about losing to Villareal now. At least we lost to the eventual winners. I miss Santi Clause, I mean Santi Cazorla.”
DerekIsAGooner said: “If you love football, you love Santi Cazorla.”
PDJnr Martinelli said: “He really deserves this. What a player, what a man.”
Cazorla, who has been tipped to join Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff at some point in the future, recently delivered his verdict on the Arsenal boss.
“I think he’s the right man to take the club forward,” he said. “It’s difficult to follow a period like Wenger’s – the club has to adapt to another kind of football, another philosophy, another vision of football.
“They have been pretty inconsistent but you’ve got to give him time and I think they’re convinced that Mikel can get a lot out of the squad and achieve big things.
“I’m great friends with him and whatever good happens to him and the club I’d be happy for them because I’m a ‘Gunner’.”
Source by Football London