Unai Emery has lamented the lack of VAR which according to him would have stopped Barcelona’s Ramontada against PSG.
“I won Ligue 1, and four domestic cups, as well as two Trophee des Champions titles,” Emery said. “Our ultimate objective was the Champions League, and in the first year (2016-17), against Barcelona in the round of 16, we produced a very impressive first leg performance.
“In the second leg, we were eliminated because VAR did not yet exist. We were clearly eliminated by refereeing decisions.”
“In my second year, against Real, we lost to a team that won three titles in a row,” he added. “However, again, in the first leg, we can also point to the refereeing.
“Overall, we lost for the first time because of refereeing decisions, and then to the eventual winners.”
“Arsenal was a club on a downward spiral for two years before I arrived,” he added. “We stopped this descent and even started to recover with the Europa League final and fifth place in the league, just one point behind Tottenham Hotspur, despite the fact that we took just one point in our final five matches.
“We had Champions League qualification within reach, and it went wrong at the end. However, it was a good season and the idea was to continue and to build on that.
Emery also talked about how it was his credit that Neymar signed for PSG.
“I always felt supported by President Nasser [Al-Khelaifi],” he added. “For example, when we were on the verge of signing Neymar, it was up to me to personally explain to him that we were going to build the team around him.
“With such a phenomenal player, you cannot say that you already have a team in place and that he must adapt — you have to make the team for him. If you do not, then he will not come — that is certain.
“The president and the board spoke about the contract. However, it is up to the coach to convince about the on-pitch project.”