Mikel Arteta will still be manager of Arsenal at the start of next season, but the pressure is mounting
Mikel Arteta will still be Arsenal’s manager at the start of next season, but pressure is mounting on the Spaniard to turn things around after their wretched departure from the Europa League.
- Arsenal crashed out of the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening
- Gunners are very unlikely to play European football next season
- But the club’s hierarchy has no immediate plans to part with Mikel Arteta
- The Spaniard is under pressure to turn the situation around after a bad season
- However, Arteta will have until the beginning of next season to change things
Mikel Arteta is under pressure to transform Arsenal’s fortunes after their feeble Europa League exit to Villarreal.
The Gunners crashed on Thursday with a wail, a result that pretty much ended their hopes of qualifying for European football next season.
Clearly, the club’s hierarchy is not convinced that an immediate change is needed as the unusual circumstances of this hit season of Covid are some limitation.
Mikel Arteta’s position as Arsenal manager is not immediately under threat, despite their departure from the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night.
The Gunners players react with dismay after their elimination at Villarreal in the Emirates
But the Gunners board is disappointed with the way the season has developed during Arteta’s first full campaign and wants to see significant improvements from the start of the next semester.
Pressure in the Emirates is mounting after the semi-final defeat to Villarreal – managed by Arteta’s predecessor Unai Emery – where the 39-year-old had no time to convince the hierarchy that he is the man who will lead Arsenal in the long run .
If, as expected, Arteta survives the summer, a bad opening for the next campaign will seriously jeopardize his role.
There is recognition at Arsenal that Arteta does not yet have the full roster of players to do exactly what he wants and owner Stan Kroenke will be making money available this summer.
But there is also a recognition that the lack of European football next season would be a major blow to the club’s recruitment plans.
Arsenal received just under £ 39 million from UEFA for their run-up to the 2019 Europa League final and less than £ 30 million last season when they were eliminated in the final 32 stage, an indication of the amount that will be out next season range will be.
Players will miss out on thousands of pre-arranged bonuses if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. On top of that money, players with European qualification clauses in their contracts will also lose.
Arteta will be in charge of Arsenal by August, despite a disappointing season at the club
It is likely that Arteta will have the opportunity to start the season with a refreshed team. There will also be a number of expenses. But the Spaniard enters the campaign with his position under the microscope.
Some of that also comes from his dressing room, with results, tactics, team selection, substitutions and his man management being questioned by some members of his squad.
The two formations with which Arteta bet in the two legs against Villarreal – Arsenal’s biggest matches of the season – had never been tried in matches before.
He implemented a false nine system in the first leg and then 4-1-4-1 in the Emirates return leg. Arteta said he understands supporters’ concerns about Arsenal’s decline.
It is highly unlikely that Arsenal will play in the European league next season after losing Thursday =
Next season will be their fifth in a row from the Champions League after 17 consecutive campaigns.
In his attempt to find out the reasons for the shift, along with internal analysis that cannot be publicly discussed, Arteta said he questions everything, including, “Is it the manager?”
He added: ‘We have not competed with the top clubs in this country for five years now. A project has its stages and I tell you that today we are in a much better position to be where we want to be soon if we do what we need to do. But we have to be ruthless.
‘There is no time to lose and there is a lot to do. We have to look at what happened there to understand how to make the most of it.
‘We can’t cry and hang on to what we don’t have. We have to see what we have and maximize it to get what we want. ‘