With a 2-1 Europa League victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday, Unai Emery will face his former side in the competition’s semi-finals next as Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno each scored once for the Yellow Submarine.
Unai Emery, who has the record for winning the most Europa League trophies, is on the verge of leading his current team to a shock trophy and earning the corresponding bid to next season's Champions League.
"We are happy. It was a challenge, but the trajectory in the Europa League is being very serious and we are responding at a higher level every time," Emery said viaMarca
. "We have taken the game where we feel more comfortable. We have [managed] it both here and in Zagreb.
"It is a challenge, something that Villarreal has already done. Breaking the barrier of the semi-finals is the great challenge. The idea of reaching the Champions League through the Europa League is very important.
"When I signed here this was [part of the process]. You have to live each moment. We are receiving people's dream. The dream increases. My past at Arsenal is less important."
Villarreal will play Arsenal on April 29 at home before traveling to London for the second leg on May 6.