Powerless. Arsenal, on the lawn of the Emirates Stadium, could not do better than a sad draw (0-0) against Villarreal. Beaten in the first leg in Spain (2-1), the Gunners therefore say goodbye to the Europa League and their hopes of qualifying for the next Champions League in the event of victory in the final. The pill is very hard to swallow for Mikel Arteta, devastated after the meeting. There is only a slim chance that the Londoners will qualify for Europe next season.
It will almost be a miracle as David Luiz’s partners seem to have fallen in the Premier League standings (current 9th with 49 points, 5 lengths from Liverpool, 7th) and a derby against Chelsea, in the fight for qualification in C1 , announces itself on the 36th day. It would be the first time in 25 years and the 1995/96 season that the Gunners would not play Europe … A disaster. For the time being, Arsenal’s 2020/21 financial year should therefore be placed in the immense disappointment category.
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Arteta in the hot seat
Fredrik Ljungberg can only see the damage. “I am unfortunately a little in shock. I thought Arsenal was going to pass, win at the Emirates and put a lot of pressure. There wasn’t much pressure and Villarreal was the better team over both sets. It’s an emotionally complicated evening. It is reality. We are far behind in the league, eliminated in Europe. A lot of people have questions and feel sad ”, released the Swede, member of the Invincibles of 2004, at the microphone of BT Sport.
Obviously, the future of Arteta is on everyone’s lips. If he says he is convinced that he is still the right man to lead this team, the Iberian is under enormous pressure. Martin Keown, former glory of the club, assures him. “The team didn’t work. Tactically, Arteta was completely overwhelmed by his predecessor in both matches, which is a bit embarrassing ”, he confided, also at the microphone of BT Sport, before continuing. “If he stays in office, he will really have to make an exceptional start to next season. He has enormous pressure on his shoulders. It’s time for big decisions on all floors of the club ”.
What future for the club?
Illegible in sporting terms, the future of Arsenal is also behind the scenes. The supporters are not mad at the attempt at secession in which the current owners participated with the Super League project. They do not hesitate to express their discontent on the sidelines of each home meeting, this Thursday evening again, and clearly ask the head of the Kroenke, father and son. Until then ruled out, the possibility of a sale was raised recently while an offer is becoming clearer.
Daniel Ek, boss of Spotify, is preparing a massive offensive, costing more than 1 billion euros, to buy the club of which he has been a fan since his childhood. The Swedish businessman is also counting on the support of three legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp in his attempt to take power in London while other voices of former are heard to demand change within the club and its organizational chart. Before a transfer window that promises to be decisive. A revolution is brewing at Arsenal.