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Arteta 'always feels pressured' after Europa League exit

Fri 07 May 2021 | 13:07

With Arsenal eliminated from the Europa League, they will no longer have a chance to qualify for the Champions League.

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boss Mikel Arteta has claimed that he always feels pressured after losing to Villarreal and slumping out of the Europa League at semi-final stage.

The Gunners, who did not have a good season in the Premier League, hoped to reach the Champions League by winning the Europa League. However, they missed out on a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Villarreal in the semi-finals. This is Villarreal's first promotion to a European final in history, and with Arteta's poor results this season, he feels more at risk of being sacked than ever. Now, in an interview with BT Sport, he confirmed that he always feels pressured.

He said:

"I feel the pressure all the time because I want to do as well as I can for the team, for every supporter I have here and for the fans and today is a big disappointment, because we tried everything to win that game."

Asked how Arsenal would prove to their fans that they are improving, Arteta replied:

"We have to show that on the pitch. It is not about talking.

"We are hugely disappointed because we wanted to give them something special after the difficult season we've had.

"But when you play these knockout games, you need your best players at their best, and we didn't have enough of those in the best possible condition, and still we fought until the end and in the second half we deserved to win the game, 1-0, and we didn't do it.

"I think everybody's job is always under scrutiny.

"We are devastated, we had so much enthusiasm to be in that final. We know how much it meant to the club, our fans, ourselves, to have a chance to win a title and be in the Champions League next season. It's a huge blow."

Arsenal, who are ninth in the table with 49 points, are trying hard to qualify for the Europa League with four games away from the end of the league. otherwise, this will be the first time since the 1996-97 season that they have not succeeded in participating in European competitions.

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