Arsenal are now in danger of failing to qualify for European football for the first time because 1996.
Arsenal’s Europa League hopes had been dashed as Villarreal sealed a semi-closing victory that will pretty much definitely close the Gunners’ unbroken 25-year operate of showing in European levels of competition.
Trailing 2-1 from the initially leg in Spain and figuring out that victory in this match represented their only reasonable route back again into the Champions League, Mikel Arteta’s facet could not come across a way past the visitors’ stubborn defence.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck the post with a volley but it was a unusual minute of risk in a display unusually passive for large elements and crucially lacking incision.
Nicolas Pepe and Emile Smith Rowe the two fired attempts extensive early in the 2nd fifty percent and Aubameyang hit the publish all over again with a downward header afterwards in the activity but such times ended up several and considerably concerning.
That the defeat came at the arms of former boss Unai Emery will be specially galling for the Gunners. Emery was sacked in November 2019 immediately after 18 months in cost, in the end primary to the appointment of Arteta.
With Manchester United observing off Roma in the other semi-final and Chelsea and Manchester City into the Champions League final, Arsenal’s loss ruins a Premier League clear sweep of European competitions this period.
Much more importantly for the Gunners, however, the end result properly ends their time and their European chances.
It is a massive blow to a club who, a minor in excess of two months in the past, were a person of 12 geared up to walk absent from the Champions League in purchase to sign up for the proposed European Tremendous League.