Arteta refuses to consider losing to Villarreal

Although Arsenal are playing Newcastle this afternoon, everyone is well aware that this game can have little effect on Arsenal’s season. The only game in town for Mikel Arteta and us is Thursday’s big semi final second leg against Villarreal, with the prize of a place in the Final at stake.

A defeat to Unai Emery’s team would spell the end of Arsenal’s season, and many are thinking that it could also mean the end of Mikel Arteta’s time as Arsenal coach as well, but the Spaniard refuses to even think about defeat in that game. The boss told the Mail: ‘Well, I don’t want to think that way. I want to think that we are going to be in that [Europa League] final and then we are going to have really positive consequences after that game.

‘Consistency in results in the Premier League is very different to the Europa League, where we have been very consistent. We try to be as clear as we can in our messages.

‘There are some games where we have started really well and not finished that well. I don’t think there has been a pattern over the season.’

There is nothing wrong wth positive thinking at times, it can help with your mindset ahead of games, but as we have seen many times this season, Arsenal sometimes simply don’t turn up to make that confidence be reflected in the result, as witnessed in some of our Europa games as well as the League,

We can only hope Arteta is right, but as they say, if wishes were horses…..


  1. Despite Arsenals poor league form Arsenal are in pole position to win at the Emirates and advance to the EL final.
    A win in the EL final following the FA Cup Community shield double would mean 3 trophies in under two seasons.
    This would make Arteta the most successful Arsenal manager ever on a games played trophies won basis.

  2. arteta should know that it was a semifinal ,in reality this will be the last game he would be as a coach of arsenal on Thursday

  3. Just hoping the players turn up, and the coach to also get his tactics right. This is doable guys… COYG!

  4. He should have applied same mentality to the first leg and things would have been different or clearer by now. If you dnt Wana lose at the big stages then you dnt take unwanted risk. Pep has been playing the false 9 tactics all season with Folden, Kelvin, Marezy, Silva and sterling so it makes sense to play it at the biggest stage but Arteta chose to try a new tactics which backfire and that’s why he has to face such questions of what will happen if he loses.
    All prayer that no injuries today and best of luck come on Friday but seriously I think Arteta should go if he failed to win the Eupa league because frankly with the Kronkes no money will be available to spend and key players like Saka maybe sold if care not taken.

  5. Believe me Gunners, Arsenal will win & progress 2 the final. It’s in crunch matches like this that you get 2 see the best of Arsenal. Arsenal2win them 2-0, or 3-1. Villa don’t stand a chance at the Emirates & they know it. Relax Gunners, start thinking of the final cuz we are there.

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