BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal takes a look at the pitch prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes winning the Europa League will be an opportunity to build a foundation for success at the club

The Spaniard took charge of Arsenal in the summer following Arsene Wenger’s departure at the end of last season after 22 years.

After a slow start, Emery has since embarked on a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions with Arsenal already through to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

And, while a top-four finish in the Premier League remains his main target, Emery views Europa League glory as another way of getting Arsenal back into the Champions League.

The 47-year-old is the competition’s most successful coach after leading Sevilla to three straight titles between 2014 to 2016.

“The first thing is the foundation,” Emery told

MONACO, MONACO - FEBRUARY 17: Arsene Wenger with members of the Yuwa Football Girls team a football based charity from India winners of the Laureus Good For Sport Award on February 17, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for Laureus)

Wenger doesn’t know if he will return to management

The French coach spent 22 years in charge of English Premier League club Arsenal and he has yet to decide if he will continue in a new club.

“When I was coaching in Spain there was the chance to play in the Champions League or the Europa League.

“The teams that have the possibility to win the Champions League are Real Madrid, Barcelona… by winning the Europa League, Atletico Madrid were able to take the next step and compete to win the Champions League, and indeed they played two finals.

“At Sevilla, we didn’t have the chance to go on and compete to win the Champions League but we could compete to win the Europa League again.

“It’s about saying, ‘Where can we get to and perform as best we can? There. Let’s go then’.

“You have to focus exclusively and with great confidence on that possibility. Once you see that you can do it and you’re making progress, the team motivates itself because it’s a title and a European one at that.”

Arsenal will face Vorskla Poltava in Kiev tonight for their Europa League Group E match.