Emery explains how he rebuilt the career of Arsenal Invincible Antonio Reyes

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Unai Emery has never coached a single member of the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger but he did play a key role in reviving the career of former Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes during their time together at Sevilla. Reyes became Arsenal’s club-record signing when he joined from Sevilla in January 2004 and made an instant impact, helping Arsenal complete the season unbeaten and playing a key role in a 49-game run without defeat in the Premier League. The Spaniard’s career in north London never recovered from the treatment he received at the hands of Gary and Phil Neville during Arsenal’s infamous defeat at Old Trafford which culminated in the battle of the buffet. Reyes, after a loan spell at Real Madrid, joined Atletico in 2007 before returning to his hometown club in 2012. Emery arrived at the Sanchez Pijuan a year later to find the versatile forward at a low ebb but gradually helped restore his confidence and made him a key part of his Europa League winning sides.

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