Mikel Arteta admitted he was still in pain a few days after the Europa League Arsenal semi-final at Villarreal, saying he still feels the weight of responsibility for their failure.
Chances are still there
The Gunners crashed out of continental football against a Spanish side coached by former Unai Emery boss Thursday night after being led to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium, dashing hopes for silverware and an all-England foursome in this timeframe’s major European finals. While Arsenal can still qualify for either the Europa League or the newly created Europa Conference League mathematically, it will have a battle uphill for that, and with the likelihood of a lack of international club football on its side, Mikel admitted that it is still a tough one for him.
Arteta says it’s still there, it still hurts after his side defeated West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday, the Spaniard said to condemn Sam Allardyce’s side of relegation and next term for the Championship. The Spaniard added that they can probably see in his body language that he is still there. There were very small fields and still felt very responsible. They have taken so many right steps, some can see and some cannot. The foundations are there. Today, the best way to do it is with the right attitude. The three goals were very different, but really good individual and collective action.
What Arteta said about Emile Smith Rowe
While the score reflected some degree of comfort for Arsenal, they were forced to work for their win by Baggies’ side, determined to fight to the last, with Willian’s late free kick to help create room for breathing. The discoverer nevertheless came for Emile Smith Rowe, who set his first top-flying target for the club to put them on a path to victory, and Mikel added that he feels the youngster is heading in the right direction. Arteta said that Emile is developing the right path with his first goal in the Premier League, Emile’s level to do it and score 15 goals, and that he is making the right moves.