Arsenal labelled ‘Appalling’ by Andy Goldstein as Gunners exit Europa League

Arsenal ended goalless against Villareal in the 2nd leg of semi-finals of Europa League which led them out of the competition

The goalless semi-final against Villarreal almost guarantees that the Gunners will not be competing in Europe for the first time in 25 years next season

Arsenal ended goalless against Villareal in the 2nd leg of semi-finals of Europa League which led them out of the competition. Villareal had scored 2 against Arsenal’s 1 goal in the 1st leg which helped the Spanish side to secure a spot in the final. Villareal will be facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United in the Final.

The semi-final against Villarreal almost guarantees that the Gunners will not be competing in Europe for the first time in 25 years next season – bar a spectacular turn of events in the Premier League. And reacting to the 2-1 aggregate defeat on the Sports Bar, Andy Goldstein said “The time has come for Arteta to leave the Emirates.”

“Arsenal were nothing short of pathetic tonight,” he began. “Embarrassing, lack of ideas, lethargic, tactics were appalling, the manager was clueless in his team selection and his substitutions.”

“From start to finish it was abysmal. It was absolutely rubbish tonight by Arsenal. They were absolutely appalling.”

“They didn’t play any different during added on time than they did throughout the 90 minutes!”

“They were lacklustre, they had no belief, they had no energy, they had no enthusiasm.”

He continued: “I didn’t really understand the team selections either.”

“When you’ve got someone like Martinelli who played really well at the weekend against Newcastle… why was he left on the bench and didn’t come on until 66 minutes?”

“You’re desperate for a goal and you take Aubameyang off [for Lacazette] – play them both.”

He concluded: “I think Arteta’s trying to be a bit too clever. I think he’s got to go.”

“I know there are Arsenal fans out there who will say give him time, but Arsenal are ninth in the Premier League. Arsenal are going backwards and tonight proved it.

“They will finish the season without silverware, they will finish the season without the Europa League, they will finish the season without the Champions League, they are now a mid-table side. They are appalling.”

With the Gunners currently lying ninth in the Premier League, it would be a near impossible job to see them rise up the table and compete in Europe next season.

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