Mikel Arteta warns his underperforming players that qualifying for Europe is the ‘MINIMUM’ expected as the Arsenal manager’s methods are once again called into question after a draw with Slavia Prague.
- Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League in a frustrating season
- They were held in the Europa League against a draw at home by Slavia Prague on Thursday
- Manager Mikel Arteta has reminded his players that they must qualify for Europe
- Arteta said this is a “minimum” expectation for the “in-demand” gunners
- Arsenal will return to action on Sunday evening in the league at Sheffield United
Mikel Arteta has warned his players that qualifying for Europe is the minimum expectation at Arsenal.
Arteta has reminded his stars of his and their ‘responsibility’ to secure a place in the continental league as Arsenal’s season is at stake.
Asked if he is under pressure to bring Arsenal to Europe, Arteta said: ‘It’s not pressure – it’s our responsibility. The club we represent has high demands and that is the minimum we can ask for and we have to work towards achieving those goals over time because that is what we are asked for. ‘
Mikel Arteta has reminded his Arsenal players that they are expected to qualify for Europe
The Gunners were held against a 1-1 draw by Slavia Prague in the Europa League on Thursday
Arsenal are tenth in the Premier League, ten points from the top four and have work to do to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals after being put in a final eight draw for the first leg by Slavia Prague. detained.
And Arteta’s attempt to rally his squad comes as the supervision of the Spaniard grows.
Arteta was criticized for his tactics and team selection and left it too late to make any offensive changes, including the 78th-minute introduction of the retired duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and goalscorer Nicolas Pepe, against Slavia Prague.
Slavia scored a stoppage time equalizer to grab a crucial away goal in next week’s return game
And some of the concerns raised by supporters in the wake of the Europa League setback are shared by some members of Arteta’s team who have also privately questioned some of his methods.
If Arsenal fail to get past Slavia Prague or turn things around in the league, Arsenal are gearing up for their first season without European football since 1995-96.
Arteta said, “It’s true there are some really good examples of teams rebuilding their teams and it helped them with their project, but I’d rather be in Europe.”
Arteta was criticized for waiting too long to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, who later scored, on the field against Slavia Prague.