Arsenal and Spanish defender Pablo Mari cannot wait to face his boyhood club Villarreal in the Europa League.
The centre-half will be in Arsenal’s side as they clash with the Spanish team, who are managed by ex-Arsenal boss Unai Emery
Mari was speaking during a pre-match press conference, and highlighted his childhood connection to “the Yellow Submarine.”
“Of course, I grow up in Valencia and supported Villarreal and Valencia,” Mari said, per the club website.
“Of course they are the two teams in my city, every time when I was looking they beat Villarreal, I remember a lot of games I watched them and you think, ‘I want one time to play for them.’
“You grow up with that dream. Now I am in the moment where I am going to play against them in a semi-final of the Europa League.
“I am really glad to be here to fight for Arsenal in that semi-final and I am really happy and it’s going to be really special for me against Villarreal.
“I have to say that Villarreal is a big club, the owners are doing the right things over the past couple of years. They took a really good decisions for the club, they have a really strong academy and use it a lot for the young players, they are doing really well with this kind of thing and you can see it that they are growing the club.
“I am really glad because they are doing the right things and you can see that they are playing for a semi-final in the Europa League and that tells you they are doing good things.”