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Mikel Arteta ‘devastated’ as Arsenal fall in Europa League semi-final

  • Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery takes Villarreal to final
  • Arteta: ‘It’s a huge blow. I feel the pressure all the time’

Mikel Arteta admitted he was “devastated” after being outwitted by his predecessor, Unai Emery, as Villarreal knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League in last night’s semi final at the Emirates.

The goalless second-leg draw dictated Arsenal exited 2-1 on aggregate, leaving Emery’s Villarreal to celebrate reaching their first major European final. While the Spanish side prepare to face Manchester United in Gdansk later this month, Arsenal’s horizons have contracted and Arteta accepts the near certain lack of European football next season will prompt an inquest in north London.

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