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Arteta claims he’s the man to lead Arsenal despite Europa League exit

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Mikel Arteta insists he is still the man to lead Arsenal back to glory despite his side failing to reach the Europa League final.

Mikel Arteta still remains confident about his abilities despite a new low for the Gunners after their Europa League exit at the hands of Villarreal on Thursday night.

The Gunners face a first season without European football in 25 years after drawing a blank in their semi-final second leg against Villarreal.

Arteta’s side were trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Spain and failed to overturn the deficit as Unai Emery got one over his former club to once again reach the final of a competition he thrives in.

A 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium means Arsenal’s hopes of playing in Europe next season rely on an unlikely string of results in the Premier League.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post with Arsenal’s best chance as another tactical tweak from manager Mikel Arteta failed to pay off.

With Arsenal also on course for their worst league finish since 1995/96, Arteta is coming under pressure from some sections of supporters – despite winning the FA Cup last year.

Asked if he still had faith in his own ability to do the job, he simply replied as quoted by the club’s website: “Yes.” Pushed on whether he felt his position is under threat, Arteta added: “I think everybody’s job is under scrutiny.”

He also said he ‘wouldn’t be sitting here’ if he did not think he could pick his players up and stressed: “You will see it. It is not about talking, it is about showing it on the pitch.”

Multiple reports are already claiming Arteta is in line to get the sack and it remains to be seen if he’ll remain the Gunners boss by the end of the season.

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