Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke makes decision on Mikel Arteta future after Europa League exit
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Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke will not sack Mikel Arteta before the start of next season despite the club’s dire Europa League exit on Thursday, according to reports. Arsenal crashed out of European competition with a whimper, drawing 0-0 at home to Villarreal to lose the 2-1 on aggregate. The Gunners managed just one shot on target in a match they simply had to win.
Arsenal are now set to be without European football for the first time in 26 years.
That is because Arteta’s side sit ninth in the Premier League table, with the chance of earning a Europa League qualification place all but over.
Arteta won the FA Cup just seven months into his reign at Arsenal.
However, his first full season in charge could hardly have gone any worse.
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But despite the club’s worst campaign since before Arsene Wenger’s reign, the Mirror claim Kroenke will stick with Arteta.
The report says Arsenal chiefs are prepared to give the Spaniard the summer window to rebuild a hugely-underperforming squad.
This latest decision from Kroenke may be another that the fans disagree with.
There was another protest ahead of kick off on Thursday – albeit smaller than the one before the Premier League loss to Everton last month – against the Kroenkes’ ownership.
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The Americans’ decision to join the breakaway European Super League, which they have since withdrawn from, was the final straw for many supporters.
Arsenal have been subject of a takeover offer from Spotify founder Daniel Ek, who is leading a consortium of three Gunners Invincibles.
However, the Kroenkes say they have no intention in selling the club.
Josh Kroenke, son of Stan and director at Arsenal, said last month money will be made available this summer to improve the squad.
But there will be no financial injection of Champions League qualification money, which would have been there if they got past Villarreal and beat Manchester United in the Europa League final.
Speaking after Thursday’s match, Arteta admitted changes need to be made after yet another year of failing to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition.
“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,” he said.
“There are facts to support that trend and as well defined years how it was achieved the Champions League as well.
“So, there are things to change, that’s for sure because you no one is going to accept that at this football club.
“I am not going to accept that and the fans are not going to accept that. So we all have to push together to achieve something very different.”
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