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Mikel Arteta makes Arsene Wenger Arsenal claim with ruthless Stan Kroenke transfer warning

Mikel Arteta makes Arsene Wenger Arsenal claim with ruthless Stan Kroenke transfer warning
Mikel Arteta insists he remains the right man to revive Arsenal but insists the club’s hierarchy must get “ruthless” over the summer months in order to overcome yet another below-par campaign, one which he thinks continues a five-year decline.
The Gunners boss insists the club’s decline started well before him and even before Arsene Wenger left, with Unai Emery – the man who dumped Arsenal out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage on Thursday night – failing to arrest the slide after the Frenchman left in 2018.

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is expected to stick with Arteta into next season although the north Londoners’ season, which was pinned on the Europa League, fell apart this week.

A 0-0 draw against Villarreal, after a 2-1 first-leg defeat, means Arsenal’s chances of silverware are over and that they will go another year without Champions League football having been stuck outside of UEFA’s premier competition since 2016-17.

Arteta’s charges are sat ninth in the Premier League table at present and could feasibly finish in the bottom half for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

The season after that was the last time Arsenal had no European football and it is highly likely that their 25-year run of Champions League or Europa League football will end. It does not even appear that there will be Europa Conference League nights at the Emirates next term.

Yet though Arsenal are moving further backwards, having won the FA Cup last season and the Community Shield at the start of the current campaign which has soured badly, Arteta is confident he can be the one to turn the tide.

But the former midfielder insists it will be no easy task because he claims Arsenal have been battling mediocrity for the past five years, despite winning two FA Cups in that time.

And Arteta wants Arsenal to get ruthless as he made it clear to the Kroenkes that they must address the problems in their first-team squad over the summer.

The Spaniard said: “We have not been competing with the top clubs in this country for five years. It is not as if this process started six months ago – it started five years ago and you can see this trend.

“I understand those concerns because when you are out of the Champions League for five years it is not just a casualty, it’s a trend.

“This year is not year one. I think a project has its phases and I am telling you we are in a much better position today to be where we want to be very soon, if we do what we have to do.

“But we have to be ruthless. There is no time to waste and there is a lot to do.

“What I felt was a deep pain because where this club is at the moment, with everything it has been through over the last months, I had a feeling that if we could take the team to the final, it could be a great turning point.

“I know that we have disappointed a lot of people as well, and that really hurts because we want to give the best to everybody, but one thing I made clear is that to do what we want to do, I have no doubts that we are going to achieve it. If not, I wouldn’t be sat here.”

Arteta is desperate to repay the club’s fanbase, who have largely stuck by the former captain’s side, at least prior to the semi-final loss to Villarreal, which prevented an all-English final showdown against Manchester United.

“They have been incredible with the team and incredible with me since I arrived and I have to show my appreciation first of all,” Arteta, 39, said.

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“I know their disappointment. We are here to give them joy, to give them moments where they can feel proud of what we do.

“We were able to do that last season and we haven’t this season. We are the ones who have to give them something to cheer about. I think it is our moment to do something for them.”

Arsenal will look to pick themselves up and at least end the season respectably following their European disappointment.

They take on West Brom this Sunday (7pm kick-off) knowing they could relegate the Baggies with a win, then face Champions League finalists and London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge the following Wednesday.

Arteta’s first full season in charge then sees Arsenal face Crystal Palace in their penultimate match before hosting Brighton to see out the campaign.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Willian comments prove Arsenal were wrong to ignore Arsene Wenger's golden rule

When Arsenal completed their pursuit of Willian last summer, there were mixed feelings among supporters and neutrals alike.

While there was no questioning the Brazilian’s supreme talents, the length of the deal raised more than a few eyebrows.

The player has since revealed that the reason for his Chelsea[1] exit was simple – he wanted a three-year contract, with the Blues unwilling to offer anything longer than two.

“It was difficult,” he said of his Stamford Bridge exit. “They knew how much I wanted to stay. I wanted to be a legend for the club. It was strange.

“But Arsenal[2] was different. Every day they called my agent and wanted to meet or talk. They really wanted me to go there.”

Willian admitted leaving Chelsea due to a contract disagreement was very difficult

And with Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, Willian got everything he wanted when they agreed to a contract that would see him tied to the club until 2023.

“He has the experience of everything in the football world but to still have the ambition to come here and contribute to bring the club where it belongs,” Arteta said after signing Willian. “I have been really impressed with all the talks I have had with him and how much he wanted to come.”

But after an impressive debut against Fulham[3], Willian has looked every day of his 32 years and has struggled to show the kind of consistency that made him such a legend across the city.

Mikel Arteta handed Willian a three-year contract last summer

In a recent interview, Willian suggested he was in the midst of the worst run of form in his career – and few would disagree.

“It really was a very difficult start, apart from that first game against Fulham, where I had a good performance, I managed to make a good game,” he told ESPN Brazil.[4]

“Even after that game there were some games that we won, I even had a good game, but then we ended up getting a bad streak.

“I also got a bad streak and I think my worst professional time to date, since I went up at Corinthians and was sold to Ukraine, then I arrived at Chelsea, without a doubt. This phase that passed now was the worst time that I think I lived as a professional.”

The Brazilian has admitted this season has been the poorest of his career thus far

The regrets over agreeing to a long-term deal may be starting to be felt in the corridors of the Emirates Stadium.

Particularly after Arsene Wenger had spent the best part of two decades showing it was a policy he would disagree with.

The legendary Frenchman ended up losing veteran players due to his strict stance, as he explained in an interview towards the end of his tenure.

Arsene Wenger made his contract stance clear during his stint as Arsenal boss

“It’s not over 30, it’s over 32. So when you have a player [who is] 32 he will just get a one-year contract,” he explained in 2010.

“It depends on the positions as well. If a central defender, then no problem to sign them until 34.

“But a striker is different. After 32 you go from year to year. A midfielder as well, after 32 you go from year-to-year.”

Arteta may now be wishing he followed suit.

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  1. ^ Chelsea (www.mirror.co.uk)
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  3. ^ Fulham (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ ESPN Brazil. (www.espn.com.br)
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