“Hopefully they’ll be back next season” Mikel Arteta on Watford relegation

Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Watford ensured that the Hornets were relegated from the English top-flight after entering back in 2014.

They have had a turbulent season that has seen them fire three managers before ending the season under an interim boss.

They will now pick themselves up in the English Championship, but they have tried their best this season.

At some point they were doing alright and looked like they would beat the drop, however, they fired Nigel Pearson who had steadied the ship with just two games to go, and they lost both games.

Speaking after the win over the Hornets, Mikel Arteta revealed that he felt very sorry for them after their demotion.

He admired them for fighting in the game as they clearly knew that they needed to and wished them a quick return.

“I feel very sorry for them. They were unlucky today. They’re neighbours with us, they’re very local. It must be really hard, Arteta said at the post-match press conference as quoted by Football London.

“You could see how much they wanted it. Sorry. Hopefully, they’ll be back next season.”

The Gunners will now turn their attention to the final of the FA Cup, where they will face Chelsea.

Having missed out on a European place via the league table, Arsenal will hope to win the trophy so that they will play in the Europa League next season.

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  1. Mikel, stop feeling sorry for others! Feel sorry for yourself and the mistakes made by gifting wins/draws with stupid decisions. Feel sorry for the fans and supporters who pay top dollar to see the games or the worldwide audiences who stay awake to watch live games, to see us dumped out of the EL and the UCL spots. Feel sorry for the ownership and sponsors who pay your wages as you have let them down on many occasions. Feel sorry for the players you have let down – AMN, Gabriel (before his injury) with your high handedness of not letting match day performances overrule your shambolic coaching. Feel sorry for the playing players as you have still not coached them for set pieces and man marking resulting in silly mistakes and goals. Feel sorry for Auba who missed the GB by a goal for wasting him on the flanks to accommodate your golden boy Laca. Feel sorry for hiring agent Luiz (history maker with 5 penalties in a season), Cedric and Marri. And the list goes on.

    1. Pretty please with sugar on top turn this comment into an article! Those are powerful words you wrote there and to be just a comment.

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