Chris Sutton reacts on Twitter to Arsenal exit from Europa League
Chris Sutton called out Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for one decision he made during the team’s exit from the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Gunners slumped to a 0-0 draw against Villarreal at the Emirates Stadium, meaning they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by their Spanish opponents in the Europa League semi finals.
It means that the only way they’ll be playing European football next season is if they overturn a points deficit in their final four Premier League games.
Despite only needing a 1-0 scoreline to progress to the final, Arsenal couldn’t find that all important breakthrough.
Pundit Sutton shifted a lot of blame onto manager Arteta immediately after the result.
He was particularly confused by the decision from Arteta to substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang off the pitch with 10 minutes to go.
The 31-year-old hit the post twice during the contest, but the striker was substituted off late on when Arsenal were pushing everyone forward trying to find a goal.
“[Unai] Emery wouldn’t survive this if he was Arsenal manager… baffling decision to take Aubameyang off… Martin Keown may combust now…” Sutton wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Arteta’s position at the helm of Arsenal surely has to come under the spotlight after last night’s result.
Ex-Gunners boss Unai Emery, who was in the opposite dugout as Villarreal’s manager, got the better of Arteta over the two legs to reach a European final against Manchester United.
It was another big game this season where Arsenal flattered to deceive, and there is understandably furious supporters right now wondering how much further they can drop.
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