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Arsenal out of Europe after decades

(Last Updated On: 23 May 2021)

Nicolas Pepe’s brace in the second half gave fans hopes, and Arteta will build his team around the Ivorian next season with less games to play.

Oyam – 23, May 2021: Mikel Arteta has broken football records at Arsenal since taking over on 20 December 2019 following the sacking of the then Head Coach Unai Emery.

Arteta won the Emirates FA Cup five months later, and the FA Community Shield. He became fans’ favourite for some months before things started turning against him. Some fans, including Arsenal legends questioned his tactics and called for his sacking.

The Spaniard was expected to lead Arsenal to champions league football the following season (2020/2021) but finished 8th in the premier league on 23, May 2021.

On a good note, his boys did well in Europa league. They reached semi finals but couldn’t afford to score only one goal at home to go through (2:1) on aggregate.

Unail Emery’s Villarreal settled for a goalless draw on his return to Arsenal, reaching the finals and he will face Ole’s Manchester United in Gdansk on 26, May 2021.

Following the introduction of European Conference League by football governing body FIFA, Arsenal had a chance to qualify for European competitions next season. 

Arteta and his boys needed to win against Brighton and Hove Albion (which they won 2:0), while praying that Tottenham and Everton lose. The latter was beaten.

Unfortunately, Tottenham came from behind to beat the 2020/2021 FA Cup Champions, Leicester City 4:2, denting Arsenal’s hopes.

Tottenham finished 7th in the premier league table and qualifies for European Conference League next season.

Arsenal will missed out after 26 years, a record set by Mikel Arteta, former club’s captain. However, the Gunners have kept their good records running – winning their 20th final premier league games at home on Sunday.

Nicolas Pepe’s brace in the second half gave fans hopes, and Arteta will build his team around the Ivorian next season with less games to play.

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