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Mikel Arteta handed three stark warnings ahead of Arsenal’s crucial Slavia Prague clash.

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Arsenal plays Slavia in today’s Europa League clash, with Mikel Arteta handed three stark warnings ahead of Arsenal’s crucial Slavia Prague clash.

Arsenal hopes of qualifying for Europe through the Premier League seem to be dead and Mikel Arteta’s men shift focus to a must-win Europa League tie to salvage their chances of playing on the continent prestigious tournament next season.

Arsenal faces even a more uphill task with some pundits claiming there could be ramifications for Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard if Arsenal cannot eliminate Slavia Prague this evening, prior to tonight’s game.

Mikel Arteta men are currently behind on away goals as they head to the Czech Republic, and they will have to score as the only option of finding a way through to the European semi-finals. Ahead of the clash, Mikel Arteta has been handed three stark warnings ahead of Arsenal’s crucial Slavia Prague clash.


Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Arteta’s future could hang on European qualification if they fail to qualify to the semi-finals.

Following the first leg 1-1 draw, Martin Keown said:

“Hugely disappointing and really it’s going to be difficult now for Arteta.

 “He’s made a lot of changes at the football club, a lot of people have been allowed to go, and this is his team now, essentially.

“He’s in charge now, and he’s not quite getting the reaction out of the team. He’s encouraging people to play, then at the end when he doesn’t want them to play, it’s a mixed message, isn’t it?”

 Keown opinion was backed up by former Tottenham Hotspurs striker Darren Bent who said:

“When Arsenal were looking for a manager there were two people up for grabs: Arteta and [Carlo] Ancelotti,

“I thought Ancelotti should have been the one to go to Arsenal and Arteta to go to Everton.

“The early signs were really good in terms of look how quickly he [Arteta] picked up a trophy. Yes, this season has been really inconsistent but I don’t want Arsenal to turn into a club where they keep sacking managers – at some stage you’ve got to give someone a little bit of time.

“The FA Cup papers over a lot of cracks and if Arsenal go out of the Europa League and finish tenth or eleventh, I think he could be out of a job.”

Paul Merson’s however warned Arsenal on the negative impact of winning the Europa League, at least specifically when it comes to their hopes of keeping loan star Odegaard.


Merson suggested:

“Martin Odegaard looks a really good player and I hope Arsenal have a chance of signing him permanently,” he wrote in his Star Sport column at the back end of last month.

“Because if they don’t have a chance of making his loan permanent next season, why is he playing?

“If they know he doesn’t want to stay, he shouldn’t be playing because he’s taking opportunities away from people like Emile Smith Rowe.

“I hope Arsenal have done their homework and know what the situation is – I’d be disappointed if they haven’t already made a bid to be honest!

“It took him a while to adjust but you have to give him the ball. He gets into lots of good positions, and to start with his teammates weren’t seeing him.

“They weren’t giving him the ball. But now he’s getting it more often and he’s making things happen. He can hurt opposing teams.

“It’s almost a free role and for someone so young to be trusted with such a difficult position at such a young age is a big deal.

“But if he’s okay after his injury and he helps Arsenal win the Europa League, Real Madrid will probably want him back – or add a lot more money to his asking price.”



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