๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Sorrowful Arteta reacts to Villarreal pain

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Sorrowful Arteta reacts to Villarreal pain

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, believes the death of the club’s Europa League dream was caused by individuals’ absences.

After a slender 2-1 loss in the away first leg in Spain last week, the Gunners needed at least one goal in North London to secure a place in the final and later win the competition to seal a spot in the UEFA Champions League next season.

But the closest they could come was two attempts by Pierre-Emmrick Aubameyang against the posts.

"We are all devastated," Arteta told Arsenal Media.

"We wanted to deliver something for this football club and get to the final and reach the Champions League next season and give something to our fans.

"Unfortunately, today we came up short. There were moments in the second half, we hit the post twice, then we had an empty goal to put the ball in the net.

"Small margins define these ties and today we came up short.

The Spaniard added to highlight that, the players that he looked to for decisive and individual brilliance never quite came to the party.

"When you lose a semi-final or a final you'll always have things you wanted to do differently. We haven't played at our best over the two legs,” he said.

"Certainly in the first half an hour in Villarreal and the first half here. Even still, we were in the tie after all that, and we could have been easily through to the final.

"We haven't arrived individually in the best possible way in the defining moments when the big players have to step up.

"Today we have to swallow a huge disappointment for everybody but we had a terrific run in the competition with the very difficult teams that we've had.

With 12 more points to play for in the Premier League, the ninth-placed Gunners will finish on 61 points if all the remaining four games can be one. The ideal results could possibly leave Arsenal in fourth place, only if West Ham, Spurs, Liverpool and Everton would lose all their remaining games.

"Now we have a game on Sunday and our responsibility is to go and win the remaining games and give us a chance to see where we finish,” Arteta concluded.

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