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Arsenal’s European hopes lie in FA Cup after lacklustre loss to Villa

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The significance of Aston Villa’s 1-0 win over Arsenal is hard to overstate, as they climbed out of the relegation on goal difference ahead of the final day of the season, but it also ends any chance of the Gunners securing Europa League football through the Premier League. It is the first time in 25 years they will finish outside the top six.

David Trezeguet’s sublime, 27th-minute strike was just reward for a Villa side showing greater industry and commitment all over the pitch, as Arsenal wore the battle scars of Saturday’s semifinal win over Manchester City in the FA Cup despite Mikel Arteta’s attempt to hide them in making six changes to his starting lineup.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Stan Kroenke has been targeted in this manner before, and the reason is always the same: Supporters concerned with a chronic lack of investment are watching their team struggle to keep pace with the Premier League’s elite.6

Money is tight at Arsenal. Arteta has made little secret of the fact they have drawn up three different transfer strategies depending on whether they qualified for the Champions League, the Europa League or no European football at all.

The club’s focus on matchday revenue has seen the coronavirus pandemic hit them hard financially, and so those believing an absence of European football would afford Arteta additional focus on domestic pursuits are unaware of the fine monetary margins at Emirates Stadium.

The Europa League is undeniably a cash-poor cousin of the Champions League, but Arsenal earned in the region of £34 million for reaching last year’s final. The figure will be considerably lower this year after being knocked out at the last-32 stage by Olympiakos but is still estimated to be around £19m.nfl nike jersey cheap

Considering the club’s latest accounts showed a pre-tax loss of £27.1m with much worse expected to follow, every penny really does count. And this loss, their 10th league defeat of the season, was yet another reminder of the makeover this squad requires.

“I have full support from the Kroenkes, from the board, the sporting director,” said Arteta. “We are putting a very strong plan together to try to do as much as we can in the shortest period because, at the end of the day, the league table doesn’t lie. We now have the gap that we have to fill in, and we are on board trying to do everything together.

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