Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery as the head coach of Arsenal in 2019. But now, the Arsenal manager may lose his job after losing to Villareal, who’s head coach is (surprise surprise) Emery.
Emery avenged his former Arsenal bosses by knocking the Gunners off in the Europa League semi-finals.
With a distinct 2-1 lead in the first leg, Emery’s Villareal played a scoreless draw with Arsenal away at London.
And the Villareal manager talked about qualifying Europa League final against Manchester United, who beat AS Roma.
Emery said: “We had a good first half in the first leg. In the second leg we fell away slightly.”
He elaborated, about the draw: “I think we felt that we failed to continue to be aggressive and ambitious.”
“I think the 2-1 result meant that we had to come here and do something,” he admitted. “I said that we had to show real defensive strength. The objective was to score a goal, we didn’t do that, but we also had to avoid conceding which we did do.”
Still, Arsenal must be regretting firing their manager after they saw Unai Emery end their Europa League campaign.
To add insult to injury, the Gunners are at risk of missing out on European football next season.
Arteta Opens Up
Mikel Arteta has candidly admitted that his job as Arsenal manager is under threat.
“I think everybody’s job is always in scrutiny,” the Gunners boss admitted, following his side’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Villarreal on Thursday evening.
Speaking to the media after the draw in north London, Arteta thus confirmed his position at Arsenal was dubious now.
The Gunners scored what looked like a crucial away goal in the first leg in Spain last week.
But it came to nothing when they failed to score in a drab 0-0 draw at home, the Emirates Stadium.
Moreover, the chances of Arteta’s side qualifying for any European competition next season are now very slim.
So, the young Spaniard may come under more crossfire as the Arsenal manager. So much so that the Arsenal manager may lose his job after losing to Villareal.
Read more about what Arteta, as well as his fellow Spaniard Emery, said after the scoreless second leg here.