Arteta is set to lead Arsenal to their worst season in more than two and a half decades. Yet despite their struggles, the campaign could still have been a major success if they had won the Europa League and qualified for the Champions League as a result. However, a lukewarm draw at Villarreal saw Arsenal crash and serious questions raised by Arteta.
Indeed, Arsene Wenger dropped that bombshell of precise truth for the Gunners before the clash with the Unai Emery team.
The worst could yet happen for the Gunners if they don’t get a finish in the top half. Indeed, Arteta himself admits he found himself with a lot of soul searching to do.
“What I felt Thursday night was deep pain,” he said.
“By the time the club is right now, I had a feeling that if we could take the team to the final it could be a big turning point.
“I felt that responsibility and I couldn’t wait to achieve it. I knew this could be a defining moment. Not being able to do that was very difficult personally, obviously.
“I know we’ve disappointed a lot of people as well, and that really hurts. We want to give the best for everyone, but one thing I’ve made clear is do what we want to do. I have no doubt that we will get there. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be sitting here.
However, the facts don’t lie. Now the Gunners face the absence of European football for the first time in 26 years.
Despite this, the Daily Mirror complaints Kroenke decided not to sack Arteta anytime soon.
They state that he’s ready to give Arteta the summer window to try and mold his side further. There is a behind-the-scenes acceptance that the Arsenal squad need major surgery. And even if the finances will be tight, he will have the opportunity to bring in more players than he wants.
In addition, they claim that Arteta will be given in the first few months of next season to see where Arsenal stand. If there are any signs of improvement, it will likely continue.
However, if the club regress further, the Spaniard will likely be sacked.
It remains to be seen how the decision will be made by Arsenal supporters. There is Apathy already widespread among fans following the failure of the European Super League project.
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Arteta knows the situation must be random
Arteta himself is fully aware that Arsenal’s situation is not good enough for a club of their stature.
And if he knows they don’t have a divine right to be in the Champions League, he knows that’s where a club their size aspires to be.
“I understand these concerns. When you’re out of the Champions League for five years, it’s not just a victim, it’s a trend ”. Arteta mentionned.
“There are facts to support this trend and well-defined years how it was achieved in the Champions League as well.
“So there are things to change, for sure because nobody will accept that in this football club.
“I will not accept this and the fans will not accept this. So we all have to work together to achieve something very different. “
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