Arsenal take final decision on sacking Mikel Arteta after Europa League exit to Villarreal

Mikel Arteta has reportedly been assured that his future is safe at the Emirates despite Arsenal failing to progress to the Europa League final.

The Gunners were seeking to overturn a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final game against Villarreal but the second-leg ended goalless.

And winning the competition was the club’s only chance to play in the Champions League next campaign, but they were dumped out of the competition by Unai Emery’s Villarreal

According to ESPN, Arsenal’s board see no reason to panic even after the club were knocked out and have decided to stick with Arteta.

It’s reported that the board are even prepared to give Arteta extra funds this summer window in light of the recent supporters’ protests against the Kroenke’s ownership of Arsenal.

However, the board seem to be operating under the misconception that key targets will still want to join the club even if they fail to qualify for Europe, which Arteta believes will not be the case.

But the Spanish manager is prepared to accept secondary targets, with Arteta keen to improve the club in central midfield, central defence and at right-back.

The gunners are currently ninth in the table and they’ve played a match more than Everton in eighth. They last reached the Europa League final in 2019 but they were well beaten 4-1 by Chelsea in Baku.


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