Mikel Arteta teases Arsenal fans by telling them he knows the real reason for dreadful season

Mikel Arteta's side now look unlikely to play European football next season after their defeat against Villarreal
Mikel Arteta’s side now look unlikely to play European football next season after their defeat against Villarreal (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has revealed he knows the real reasons behind Arsenal’s decline but insists he cannot divulge them to the club’s fans.

The former club captain is said to retain the backing of the owners and senior board members, despite presiding over the Gunners’ worst season in a generation.

Last night’s insipid performance in a goalless draw against Villarreal saw Arsenal crash out of the Europa League, an ignominy made all the worse given the Yellow Submarine’s success was masterminded by Unai Emery, Arteta’s predecessor.

Arsenal are now staring down the barrel of a first season without playing in Europe since 1995/96 and are mired in mid-table ahead of this weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion.

‘I understand [fans’] concerns because when you are out of the Champions League for five years it is not just a casualty, it’s a trend,’ the beleaguered manager said after the most damaging setback yet of an already record-breakingly bad campaign.

Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League last night following a 0-0 draw with Villarreal
Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League last night following a 0-0 draw with Villarreal (Picture: Getty)

‘There are facts to support that trend. So, there are things to change, that’s for sure because no one is going to accept that at this football club.

‘I am not going to accept that and the fans are not going to accept that. So we all have to push together to achieve something very different.’

Asked why that trend was occurring, Arteta replied: ‘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 this when the question mark comes, why it is not enough? Is it just a thing? Is it the manager? Is it other stuff? What is it?

‘And then this is football. 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.’

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