Arsenal interested in £35m Sander Berge, Daniel Ek latest, Arteta under pressure, Gunners DUMPED out of Europa League

ARSENAL again fans protested against their ownership outside the Emirates before the Villarreal draw which dumped them out of Europe.

On the pitch, a goalless draw was enough to see former boss Unai Emery knock the Gunners out and progress to the Europa League semi-final.

Meanwhile, Daniel Ek and his consortium have held a meeting with the Arsenal Supporters Trust as the Spotify founder steps up his takeover bid.

However, the Kroenke family are reportedly planning a huge summer of spending on transfers as they look to get angry Gunners fans on side.

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  • Marc Mayo

    AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a huge disappointment for Jamie Carragher in last night’s defeat.

    The striker had just 14 touches before being taken off on 80 minutes, by far the lowest of any player who started the 0-0 draw.

    In fact, Willian had more having only played the final 10 minutes.

    And Carragher told CBS Sports: “Sometimes you can have too many attacking players on the pitch because you cannot get the ball back. And that was the problem.

    “Aubameyang hardly touched the ball in the first-alf because there was no one in midfield to win the ball back and give them the ball.

    “I thought [Mikel Arteta] got it massively wrong again and almost played into Villarreal’s hands.”

    Credit: EPA
  • Marc Mayo

    LIFE SUPPORT

    Mikel Arteta has insisted he is giving his whole life to the Arsenal job – and has vowed to fight on as manager after the Europa League heartache.

    Assuming there is no late Premier League twist, it will be the fifth campaign in a row without the Champions League and first out of Europe completely since 1995-96.

    Asked why that is the 'trend', Arteta said: "They are things to analyse more internally, I am sorry.

    "We have done that. There are things that we cannot discuss here. I take full responsibility for my part, for sure.

    "Since I arrived here what I have tried to do, giving my life, my best ability, investing every drop of energy that I have emotionally to support everything that has been going around with my knowledge, with staff, with all the players that are trying to contribute with all the club to give our best.

    "But so far it has not been enough and when the question mark comes, why it is not enough? Is it just a thing? Is it the manager? Is it any other stuff? What is it?

    "And then this is football. Again, I repeat myself, last night that ball goes in we win 1-0. You are in the final and it is a different world. But today that world doesn’t look very nice."

  • Marc Mayo

    RIGHT SAID FRED

    Arsenal’s offensive output is the key issue behind the club’s struggles, according to Freddie Ljungberg.

    The Swede praised Mikel Arteta for taking the blame for their semi-final exit but felt his attackers should have done more.

    He told BT Sport: “I like that he’s protecting his players, but personally, if you look at the two legs, they had four shots on target in both legs – that’s not good enough

    "They’re not creating enough clear chances and that’s a big problem for them."

  • Marc Mayo

    ICE BERGE

    Arsenal are reportedly in the fight for Sheffield United star Sander Berge.

    The midfielder is said to be available for £35million in the summer via a relegation release clause.

    And Sky Sports have outlined a number of clubs interested in his signature, including Everton.

    Credit: AFP
  • Marc Mayo

    DROPPED HIS GAARD

    One moment of Arsenal’s draw really irked Lee Dixon.

    Martin Odegaard taking his time to swing in a corner left the former right-back irate.

    He said: “This game is lacking intensity from Arsenal, they need to get a goal, come on.

    “I understand being patient and playing your game but Martin Odegaard went to take a corner and he walked over. 

    “Why is he walking over? Get over there and put the pressure on.”

  • Marc Mayo

    ART DEALER

    Mikel Arteta is the bookies' joint-favourite if a Premier League manager is to lose their job in the final weeks of the season.

    Coral have slashed the Spaniard's odds of being sacked before the first game of next season from 5-1 to 5-2 after Arsenal's Europa League exit.

    And he is among the most likely to be fired before the campaign is out, too.

    Next Prem boss to be fired in 2021-22 odds:

    2-5 No manager to go
    8-1 Mikel Arteta, Sam Allardyce
    10-1 Scott Parker
    20-1 Roy Hodgson, Steve Bruce

  • Marc Mayo

    TAKING THE BISS

    Yves Bissouma is wanted by Manchester City, according to reports.

    Arsenal had been one of many clubs fighting for the Brighton star but could struggle to hold off Pep Guardiola’s advances.

    The Star describe City as ‘confident’ of pulling off a deal for the £30million-rated midfielder.

    Credit: PA
  • Marc Mayo

    ‘EMBARRASSMENT’

    Martin Keown was one Gunners hero to take a swipe at Mikel Arteta last night.

    The ex-defender felt the factor of losing to his predecessor, Unai Emery, will be hard to take for the Arsenal manager.

    He told BT Sport: “It's a huge job at this football club. [Arteta's] inexperience has perhaps cost him.

    "He's still the manager, but it felt this was the rescue package and his players didn't turn up. 

    “He was outsmarted by the previous manager which is a bit of an embarrassment.

    "Arsenal looked lost. We couldn't get out and they made us nervy. We haven't really laid a glove on them and we haven't gone down fighting."

  • Marc Mayo

    LAST LAUGH

    Arsenal's rivals queued up to tease the Gunners last night after the semi-final exit.

    We'll save you from the bulk of it, and provide only Jermaine Jenas' tweet for a taste…

  • Marc Mayo

    SCOTT TO DO BETTER

    Arsenal icon Alex Scott has described her disappointment at seeing the club fumble their huge opportunity in the Europa League.

    She told CBS Sports after last night's game: “I need a minute to compose myself. I’m getting all hot – well, I was hot throughout that whole game!

    "It’s hard – being connected with the club, being an Arsenal ambassador, growing up at the club – to see what I’m seeing.

    “I know the reaction straight away is that passion as a fan and seeing the embarrassment. But actually when you do break it down, this Arsenal team is simply not good enough.

    “And you need to question are [the owners] going to put in the funds? Is the investment there? Does this team want to get back to the top? Because it’s going to take a lot of work.

    “And the fact that we’re now going to struggle even to get into European competition next season, I can only see it getting worse because you’re not even going to attract players to come to the club.”

  • Marc Mayo

    A GAME OF MILIMETRES

    It would have been a very different atmosphere this morning had this crept in…

  • Marc Mayo

    PARTEY'S OVER

    Thomas Partey has failed to live up to the billing of becoming the club's 'next Patrick Vieira', according to Gunners legend Martin Keown.

    A particularly disappointing display in a goalless draw with Villarreal which saw the team crash out of the Europa League led Keown to single him out as a scapegoat.

    Speaking on BT Sport, he said: "We thought we were signing the next Patrick Vieira [in Thomas Partey] but he hasn't looked like that at all.

    "We made a mistake, we should have had two midfield players side by side. We didn't have the right balance in that midfield.

    "Odegaard didn't seem to want to go and press and in midfield Villarreal were just able to pass by."

  • Marc Mayo

    IT BEGINS

    The calls for Mikel Arteta to lose his job have begun with Piers Morgan questioning whether he 'deserves to continue as manager'.

    And the former Good Morning Britain host branded the Gunners' performance last night as 'humiliating' and 'utter crap'.

  • Etienne Fermie

    GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS

    Arsena crashed out of the Europa League last night after failing to score at the Emirates.

    The Gunners needed just one effort to hit the back of the net and book their place in the final.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post twice but there can be no excuses for Arsenal’s below-par performance, with Villarreal now playing Man United for the main prize.

    Club legend Maritn Keown had harsh words for Mikel Arteta after the whistle, saying: “Emery was just too smart for Arteta. 

    “We were nervous, tentative, the performance just wasn’t there. We shouldn’t really be surprised when we look at the Premier League, ninth in the table, 19 goals scored from 17 home matches.

    “Inconsistency is rife through the group and it’s cost us. They haven’t had to get out of first gear to manage Arsenal and that’s the most disappointing thing.

    “To go unbeaten the whole season and now to not even make Europe, it’s a real fall from grace. I know we’re talking about new ownership, are we now talking about a change of manager?

    “There’s a crossroads the club now finds itself at, and this is the lowest night I can remember in a number of years.”

    Meanwhile, Arsenal fans descended on the Emirates before the game to protest owner Stan Kroenke.

    The American was key in the failed European Super League.

    And after Man Utd fans protested on Sunday, Arsenal supporters took to the streets outside the Emirates with banners and flares.

    Finally, the Gunners will be sweating over Granit Xhaka’s fitness after he was injured in last night’s warm-up.

    The midfielder, filling in at left-back, suffered a muscle problem before kick-off.

    And Arsenal will have to wait to see how serious it is.

  • Anthony Chapman

    RATINGS

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tried giving it a go as he hit the post twice against Villarreal.

    But Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka were disappointing in Arsenal’s Europa League exit

    READ THE FULL RATINGS HERE

    Who was Arsenal's best and worst player against Villarreal?
  • Anthony Chapman

    MAX POWER

    Former Juventus boss Max Allegri is the leading contender to become Arsenal's next permanent managerial appointment.

    That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've priced the Italian at 13/5 to replace Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium.

    Next Arsenal Manager – Betfair

    • Massimiliano Allegri – 13/5
    • Brendan Rodgers – 3/1
    • Thomas Tuchel – 3/1
    • Rafa Benitez – 10/1
    • Patrick Vieira – 10/1
    • Diego Simeone – 10/1
    • Eddie Howe – 11/1
    • Ralph Hasenhuttl – 11/1
    • Gian Piero Gasperini – 14/1
    • Paulo Fonseca – 14/1
    • BETFAIR: 

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    KEOWN NOT KEEN

    Martin Keown has blasted Mikel Arteta following Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat by Villarreal.

    He said: “Emery was just too smart for Arteta. We were nervous, tentative, the performance just wasn’t there. 

    “We shouldn’t really be surprised when we look at the Premier League, ninth in the table, 19 goals scored from 17 home matches.

    “Inconsistency is rife through the group and it’s cost us. They haven’t had to get out of first gear to manage Arsenal and that’s the most disappointing thing.

    “To go unbeaten the whole season and now to not even make Europe, it’s a real fall from grace. I know we’re talking about new ownership, are we now talking about a change of manager?

    “There’s a crossroads the club now finds itself at, and this is the lowest night I can remember in a number of years.”

    ARSENAL 0 VILLARREAL 0 (1-2 AGG)

    Arsenal have crashed out of the Europa League after failing to score at the Emirates.

    The Gunners needed just one effort to hit the back of the net and book their place in the final.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post twice but there can be no excuses for Arsenal's below-par performance, with Villarreal now playing Man United for the main prize.

    READ OUR MATCH REPORT HERE

    GAME ON

    We've entered the final 20 minutes at the Emirates and the score is currently Arsenal 0 Villarreal 0.

    The Spaniards are 2-1 ahead on aggregate and Mikel Arteta's men desperately need a goal to reach the Europa League final.

    Can the Gunners find a late winner in London? They may need to start giving it a proper go if they want one…

    FOLLOW THE LIVE ACTION HERE

    XHAK TO THE FUTURE

    Granit Xhaka suffered an injury blow in the warm-up for tonight's game against Villarreal.

    The midfielder, set to slot in at left-back, reportedly pulled a muscle minutes before kick-off.

    And he was replaced by Kieran Tierney, who has only just made a return from injury himself.

    FOLLOW ALL THE MATCH ACTION HERE

    FANDEMONIUM

    Arsenal fans descended on the Emirates before tonight's Europa League clash with Villarreal to protest Stan Kroenke.

    The American was key in the failed European Super League.

    And after Man Utd fans protested on Sunday, Arsenal supporters have now taken to the streets outside the Emirates with banners and flares.

    FOLLOW ARSENAL VS VILLARREAL HERE



    • Anthony Chapman

      TEAM NEWS

      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the line for Arsenal tonight against Villarreal.

      Mikel Arteta names an attacking team with Thomas Partey the only recognised central midfielder.

      There's also good news on the bench, with Kieran Tierney back after a lengthy injury spell.

      FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

    • Anthony Chapman

      EXCLUSIVE BY DAVE COURTNADGE

      Arsenal are set for a transfer overhaul that will see the club swapping scouts for data analysis.

      Jason Ayto is the player recruitment co-ordinator and the club is now using analytics more than ever.

      The Gunners sacked former head of youth recruitment Steve Morrow last season as part of an academy re-structure which saw EIGHT STAFF go.

      The club is also now moving away from the traditional idea of having scouts worldwide due to the increased use of data.

      Mikel Arteta will be hoping the new system will reap rewards
    • Anthony Chapman

      FORWARD THINKING

      Genk’s goal machine Paul Onuachu reportedly hopes to end up an Arsenal player by the end of the summer.

      The 6ft 7in forward has been a revelation at the Belgian club, smashing home an incredible 32 goals in 37 games in all competitions this season.

      Voetbal Belgie reports the 26-year-old is eyeing up a move to the Emirates and is optimistic he could land a dream Prem move by the end of the upcoming transfer window.

      The report states he is willing and able to progress his career to the next step after lighting up the Belgian league.

      Genk are believed to be willing to sell their prized asset for £25million as it could be the best time to cash in.

      Paul Onuachu is a target for Arsenal
    • Anthony Chapman

      ART ATTACK

      Arsenal have no plans to axe Mikel Arteta this summer.

      But club chiefs are eager to see him win the Europa League to salvage a below-par season.

      Eurosport claims Stan Kroenke will back Arteta in the transfer window regardless of their league finish or silverware.

      However, victory in Europe would go a long way to solidifying Arteta's position in the next campaign.

      Mikel Arteta's Arsenal job is safe… for now

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