A 25-year Arsenal run in European competition on the line. Three weeks after being among the controversial Super League promoters and finally sickened by the Super League, the England team faces the embarrassment of being locked out of the continental tournament for the first time in 25 years.
Failure to reverse a 2-1 deficit against Villarreal in the Europa League semifinals on Thursday will end Arsenal’s fourth-round Champions League or UEFA competition.
Such a disgrace could be a daunting task, given the planned Super League – which was organized and aborted 48 hours a month ago – could have put Arsenal in one of the twelve teams in the European game.
The importance of the game against Villarreal, which may have been played after a series of fan protests against the ownership of the American Arsenal for their involvement in the Super League project, is not lost on Mikel Arteta.
The Arsenal manager said that It’s a great moment. He said that not him but the club, and everything that has happened in the last two years, in the last few months, and all the instability that they have been hit by for many different reasons.
He said that he thinks that it will be very important, and it will be a big step, if they can be in the finals and have a chance to win this trophy.
It’s not just Arteta’s future that could be in line on Thursday. Arsenal’s ability to attract players for next season, as well as retain the services of its top players, may depend on winning the Europa League and winning the Champions League qualifier next season.
Other than that, it comes from Europe, a situation Arsenal have not been in since the 1995-96 season – a year that falls between the stipulated management times of George Graham and Arsene Wenger.
For Arteta, that would not be acceptable.
He said that but it’s true and that it is not the reason that they want, obviously, but there are a lot of things that happened in that time for a lot of reasons.
He also said that another level has risen to an unprecedented level (in the Premier League) and we are not the only team to have come out of that. But obviously no one accepts the situation and they want to change it right away. This season, they have the opportunity to do just that.
Arteta transferred the FA Cup to Arsenal in August, at the end of his first season at the club, but his position will be secure if his team is not removed by Villarreal, – who will add weight to the event – coached by Unai Emery.
Arteta said the success of this season will now be determined by whether or not they win the Europa League.
He said that it will be judged this way. He also said that the good or bad work you do is judged by many things by different people. Besides, it is only when you win or lose and that it is a descriptive time.
That did not happen, due to a combination of non-existent problems – he recently contracted malaria, and took a break in February when his mother became seriously ill – and unwell, which he set aside to fight sports frustration due to a lack of fans on the field.
Aubameyang, who is number 15 of his season in all competitions at the lowest level in what he presents, said on Wednesday he owed Arteta a lot of work.
The striker said in a video call that they have to give something back to the club and to the fans who have been waiting for something from him. He also said that this is the right time to show that he can do it.